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Leaves of Grass
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  • …The rushing amorous contact high in space together, The clinching interlocking claws, a living, fierce, gyrating wheel, Four beating wings, two beaks, a swirling mass tight grappling, In tumbling turning clustering loops, straight downward falling, Till o’er the river pois’d, the twain yet one, a moment’s lull, A motionless still balance in the air, then parting, talons loosing, Upward again on slow-firm pinions slanting, their separate diverse flight, She hers, he his, pursuing.
  • (scaly and bare, like eagles’ talons,) But haply for some sunny day (who knows?

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  • Bald eagle talons can measure as long as two inches.
  • Bird talons are similar to a dog’s nails.

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