28.1.22 Owl on a Bare Branch

Long-Eared Owl on Bare Tree Branch (c. 1905) by Ohara Koson

AN OWL ON A BARE BRANCH

An owl stands
and looks backward.
Its face closed.
Impenetrable.
Distant.

A freezing explanation
hangs in its mouth.

A mouse.
Limp.
Glossy black as the night.

The owl turns its head away,
wings lift,
and it flies up
and out of the night.


Long-Eared Owl on Bare Tree Branch (c. 1905) by Ohara Koson. Image is in Public Domain ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #apoemaday on Twitter

7 responses to “28.1.22 Owl on a Bare Branch”

  1. He looks hangry! Glad he caught a mouse!

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    1. He’s a beauty, isn’t he.

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  2. Poor mouse! Why do people say that owls are wise when they look backward?

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    1. Anything that can whip their head around 360° must have a loose screw.

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      1. Ah! Very wise, oh miskycal one!

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        1. Yes, I’m full of it. 😂

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