City Hawk

How about forgetting  politics for a moment? Turning our heads outward and upward?
Here’s a song I wrote over the weekend. It’s about my spirit animal…Hawks. Feel free to share, and hope you enjoy it.
Every time I see a Hawk, especially in the city, I gasp….they take me out of my self, and my worries. Hope this song can do that for you a bit….EF

City Hawk

Soaring above concrete canyons
Not more than a speck on the wind
The City Hawk has no companions
As she glides, then slowly ascends.

Stacked up in afternoon traffic,
The smog, sweat and horns of the day,
I catch just a glimpse of her rising
And turn my head toward her to pray…

Teach me to reach for the sky
Teach me to see from on high
Up where there’s hardly a sound
Above all that’s bound to this ground
City Hawk, fly.



What do you see, looking down here?
All our fear, all our anger and hate?
Poor people, begging for bus fare?
Rich ones behind iron gates?

Swimming-pools instead of the ocean.
And high rise hills, peaking through haze.
And we thinking we are the free ones
In these cars…like ants in a maze.


Soaring above concrete canyons
Not more than a speck on the wind

Copyright Eric Folkerth, © 2016.
All Rights Reserved.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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