A roar in the dark

Pattern in the black sky

White and gold

Hiss and shriek

Across the fields

Beyond the dark river

All those sounds

Held by colour

Create the tragic circle.

Owl thought he lived

Unfettered by time

Free and alive

To spin and cavort

Intended to answer

Only to God and fate.

The sky that he flew in

Found before life

Thousands of years

Chosen for freedom

Guide to gracious power.

He with distant kin

With nothing to claim

Skid silent in the air

This way and that

In the great wheel of life.


Written for Poetry Jam

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19 Responses to Owl

  1. Gabriella says:

    Alan, your words truly reflect the magic of the owl. I like how you see it as a timeless animal whose life contains a tragic dimension.

  2. Brian Miller says:

    smiles…i was going to say similar as gabriella….the magic…and the freedom of flight as well…i always wanted to fly like a bird…what they do have to claim is the identity given…

  3. Mary says:

    Alan, you have really captured the essence of the owl in this poem. I really like the words ‘intended to answer only to God and fate.’

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    nice to see how the wise old bird is set ‘In the great wheel of life’…

  5. Rallentanda says:

    The barn owl is particularly beautiful and part of the sublime artist’s great wheel of life.

  6. love how the owl is set in the great wheel of life. beautiful write.

  7. A lovely flow to this poem!

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    You have captured the mystery of owls, Alan… lovely.

  9. kaykuala says:

    Well crafted alan! You’ve tendered the barn owl as a beautiful creature with your words!


  10. In the great wheel of life. I love that line

  11. I could see him soaring as I read………you have captured the owl exactly, and so beautifully. Loved this.

  12. peggygoetz says:

    I like the magic of the owl you have captured in this–I could see/hear/feel the flight. Neat prompt.

  13. Wendy Bourke says:

    Primordial and timeless. Lovely writing.

  14. gillena cox says:

    The “hiss and shriek” added a splendid air of the dramatic, i also found myself drifting in thought to eagles

    Much love…

  15. jo-hanna says:

    They glide that silently, don’t they?
    Your poem shows the surprising gliding character.

  16. Helen Dehner says:

    Alan, your poem is beautiful.

  17. Donna Smith says:

    I liked the word “skid” in there – “skid silent in the air”.

  18. Sara v says:

    Alan, a great prompt and a poem that sends the reader flying and gliding.Beautifully penned 🙂

  19. Beautiful poem, Alan. I liked the way you brought in the great and the small with your words.

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