Blue sky forms the fortress of their world
I can picture them- the ebony and white
velvet stripes, the arch of necks, the
Beneath the weather-regimented trees
they gather in the heat- to rest
Heat waves and the dreaded grunt of beasts of prey
then the hegira, enmasse
the calling of the rain
a vital splash of life-
they heed the voices
of the seasons change- along the hidden
the sun browned plains
he•gi•ra also he•ji•ra (hi-ji'r?, hej'?r-?)
1. A flight to escape danger.
2. also Hegira The flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D., marking the beginning of the Muslim era.
[Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijra, emigration, flight, from hajara, to depart.]