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 The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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