a light in the sky

 my eyes were dazzled by the late afternoon light today
as i drove home
along the river
and spotted heron, or, well,wide wings.
it was very large, but no trailing long legs, and
well, a different kind of 
it was large large 
and white bounced off the dark body
but no, it was a white head.
bald eagle.
bald eagle!
before i could pull over 
gone, gone into the blue-white wildness.
 down the road,
the amish have made corn ladies 
they stand starkly on the land
 next to the river
an abandoned place
shadow played there.
 and then deep fields
 with the big snow clouds 
that have been causing a little trouble hereabouts.