ShareOld Roads, New Stories: A Literary SeriesBecause it’s back-to-school time or about to be, and because myths were our first universities, and because the Toxin-in-Chief is trying to kill the Endangered Species Act:https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2019/sep/Carney-Eagles.mp3Why We Have EaglesThe forest had deerto do its listening, and bearsto know the scent of everything,but it wanted to reachbeyond its tree line, climb the sky,so the eagle was born.The eagle saw mossteaching softness to rocks.It saw the suncatching up to the horizon.And finally, past summits,in the years to come,it saw us: With our needto look up at its wingsand find two thingsworking together.With our knowledge of rocks,but not moss yet.With eyes, but needing the eagleto see beyond ourselves. Rob Carney’s new book The Book of Sharks is available now from Black Lawrence Press. Previous books include 88 Maps, Story Problems, and Weather Report. Read poetry by Rob Carney appearing in Terrain.org: 6th Annual Contest Finalist, 4th Annual Contest Winner, and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney, and here’s an older radio interview.Header photo by Ingvar Grimsmo, courtesy Shutterstock.