The Regal Eagle

The regal eagle sits alone
upon a tree that serves as throne.
But sometimes when the eagle flies
(though this might come as some surprise)
a mob of crows may—wing to wing—
together drive away that king.
Democracy in beak and claw
finds regal eagle's fatal flaw.
And is that legal? I don't know.
You'll have to ask a mobster crow.

Jane Yolen, "The Regal Eagle" from Birds of a Feather. Copyright © 2011 by Jane Yolen. Reprinted by permission of Highlights for Children/Boyds Mills Press.
Source: Birds of a Feather (Wordsong, 2011)
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