GloPoWriMo Day 23: Wink

Owl Wink
Owl Wink

Wink

An owl winked at
Huang Yongyu’s
sly high jinx,
or was it nature’s
way with owls.
Its wise ways,
a none too subtle
sideways glance.
Animal Crackers
and an inky owl’s
one-eyed glance.
A sentence
3-years hard labour.


Written for Day 23 NaPoWriMo: a poem in the style of Kay Ryan. Image (fair use) “The Owl” by Huang Yongyu. *This drawing is considered part of the “Black Painting Exhibition” at China’s National Art Gallery in Beijing, as an example of being counterrevolutionary. The Gang of Four interpreted the winking owl as the artist’s portrayal of public officials turning a blind eye to wrong doings. For this, Huang Yongyu was harshly reprimanded for three and a half years laboring at a reform camp. *quoting WikiArt.  ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

17 responses to “GloPoWriMo Day 23: Wink”

  1. Fantastic, Misky! 💕🙂

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    1. Thanks, Harmony.

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  2. Great poem! And a great portrayal of an interesting story – a sad story in Chinese history.

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  3. Three years for a wink. And it’s such a lovely owl. Thanks for unearthing this one and making a poem to go with it.

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    1. Sometimes it’s too easy to forget how lucky we are to live where freedom of expression is not suppressed like in some parts of the world.

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      1. Yet to listen to some people we live in a dictatorship. They don’t know they’re born.

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  4. With or without the backstory, a fine piece of writing, Misky. Thanks.,

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  5. we hear owls at night,it’s lovely. And foxes – less lovely, but they’ve never bothered the chickens yet.

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    1. We have a neighbourhood of scratch-your-eyes-out cats that want to kill each other at night. Also foxes but they’re quiet.

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  6. My kind of owl, Marilyn!

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    1. Cute little guy, isn’t he. 🥰

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  7. Wonderful ekphrasis!

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  8. Poor guy, even before the accompanying explanation.
    But he should have known.
    ..

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    1. Yes, he should’ve.

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