Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Verse First ~ The Owl

Verse First ~ The Owl


Welcome to VERSE FIRST, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.
Today's notion?

THE OWL



My friend, Jo Kalil Hartman, took this photo in her Tucson garden. A pair of great horned owls nested and raised two owlets in a eucalyptus tree. After looking at her photos, I was inspired to read some "owl poetry". This one by John Haines captured my attention:


If the Owl Calls Again

at dusk from the island in the river, and it's not too cold, I'll wait for the moon to rise, then take wing and glide to meet him. We will not speak, but hooded against the frost soar above the alder flats, searching with tawny eyes. And then we'll sit in the shadowy spruce and pick the bones of careless mice, while the long moon drifts toward Asia and the river mutters in its icy bed. And when the morning climbs the limbs we'll part without a sound, fulfilled, floating homeward as the cold world awakens. 

Today's assignment:

Using either the above photo or poem as inspiration, create your own wise piece of poetic writing. Choose your words carefully. Let your message soar.
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16 comments:

  1. WHOOOOO
    WHOOOOO
    WHOOOOO

    he asks the question,
    not in condemnation,but gaining understanding
    for this is the beginning of wisdom

    unless of course you are the rodent
    stealing through this night, he's there and gone
    before you know it, vanishing once more
    out of sight.

    oy, not usually as obvious with my rhymes, but it is what came to me as i was pondering....isnt this up a day early?

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    1. "for this is the beginning of wisdom"....I love this owl poem, Brian. Yes, I think it is a day early. Which is handy as I badly needed some inspiration!!

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    2. Brian,

      I liked that you saw it from 'the other angle.' That of the prey:)
      A wise word....
      Eileen:)

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    3. For a minute there, I thought the voice would be the owls, an example of his pondering. I love that it becomes warning for the rodent! And I think Owls are near sighted, so if they miss the pounce, they have to go way back up and try again.

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    4. WHOOO questions wisdom. oh so true! questions comes first seeking wisdom. and we do often stop short of doing so!

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    5. I love the viewpoint on this one, Brian.

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  2. Kim,

    I have brought together my poetic observations about owls...Enjoyed writing this!!

    Eileen:)

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  3. Oh I love owls! Just the spark I needed to stoke the creative flame. I will be pondering all day now about this. Thanks!

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  4. A fine creature indeed. Instills awe and wonder in me, but if I were a mouse… ?

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  5. I often prefer to link up with the direct link to the challenge - for some reason the "title" of today's challenge does not allow this. I linked the blot "Poets United" instead, but it isn't ideal.

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  6. My owl wanted a sonnet. Of course, (s)he's not mine, and maybe that's why we are so formal.

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful idea that would sure to bring out all sorts of creativity from my fellow bloggers :-)..I've posted by link ..here it goes

    http://maniparna5002.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/the-owl/

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  8. I hope I'm able to link it up now....

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  9. I am still struggling to write something. Am under the weather, kids, which seems to be my refrain this winter.

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  10. I used a photo of a snowy owl, because I find them breathtaking.

    http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/white-queen/

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  11. oh well some perspectives here. on a house cleaning mission today. ll catch up soon all u ppl on the trail!

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