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41 Goat

42 Grasshopper

43 Hawk

44 Hen

45 Hermit crab

46 Herring

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48 Ibex

49 Inchworm

50 Jackal

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Looking down from high above,
Motionless to those below,
My heart leaps with thanks for Love
That creates the winds that blow --

        Thanks for stunts we hawks can do,
        Gliding on from height to height!
        Looking up, you'd have no clue
        What's the secret of our flight:
                How the shoulders of our wings
                Ride the wind with constant swings,
                How each wing tip "feels the air"
                With ten plumes rotating there,
                        Each plume makes a figure-eight
                        Holding hawks high, still -- and straight.

With our hawk eyes' steady stare
We rejoice at all we spy  
Growing wise and more aware
As more high we choose to fly,
        Always safe within your care,
        Children of the Wind on high.

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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