"The Life So Short…" by Eamon Grennan was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 5, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23853.
Eamon Grennan (b. 1941) is a Dublin native and Irish citizen living in Poughkeepsie, New York. He taught at Vassar College until his retirement. He has numerous poetry collections to his name and is the recipient of many prestigious awards. Additional biographical information may be found here:
The poet reveals in his notes that the poem is based on his observations of wildlife during a walk in Connemara in the west of Ireland. He introduced the kite into his poem, in parallel to its real-life reintroduction into Ireland in 2007, in order to add a little edge to the otherwise peaceful, pastoral scene he was painting.