Monday, May 5, 2014

Owl

 

The gray owl had seen us and had fled

but not far. We followed noiselessly,

driving him from pine to pine:

I will not let thee go except thou bless me.


He flew as though it gave him no pleasure,

forcing himself from the bough,

falling until his wings caught him:

they had to stroke hard, like heavy oars.


He must have just eaten

something that had, itself, just eaten.

Finally he crossed the swamp and vanished

as into a new day, hours before us,


and we stood near the chest-high reeds,

our feet sinking, and felt

we'd been dropped suddenly from midair

back into our lives.


"A Sighting" by Connie Wanek

 

12 comments:

  1. Oh I like this. I love owls - I find them majestic. I have only seen a couple in my entire life though. They're very elusive!

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  2. What a journey! Did you wrestle the blessing or feather from him, prairie sis? ;)

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  3. How grounding, yet so uplifting. You do have a way with the owls. xx

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  4. that new picture. the owl.
    yes and yes..

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  5. that poem.
    and you. perched on a rock.

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  6. Feather treasure!

    "and we stood near the chest-high reeds,

    our feet sinking, and felt

    we'd been dropped suddenly from midair

    back into our lives."

    It really is like that...every time we get to partake.

    XX

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  7. PS I really REALLY love "cactus tree motel". A lot.

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  8. Owls are amazing and beautiful creatures. We have one who lives in the trees near our house but. I can only hear it and never see it.

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  9. like audrey, i have yet to actually see the great horned owl pair that spent the winter hooting into the night from our treetops. i have had a couple of very close encounters with owls, however, both in our old neighborhood when they suddenly took flight and swooped right by me. once i realized what they were it felt like a blessing!

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  10. a beautiful treasure owl left for you ♥
    have a wonderful weekend xo

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