Just Saw a Hawk

perched atop the utility pole
in the middle of nowhere
head slowly moving
eyes scanning the ground
and as I drove past
I watched the hawk
suddenly swooping down
disappearing for a moment
before I saw it again
clutching the snake in its claws
the snake it snatched
from out of the tall grass
growing near the creek
and I wondered
what the snake was thinking
as it rose into the air
was it aware of its own fate
did the snake know
it was going to die