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Musings # 71 - Day Folds Into Night (published in POEM)



A ceramic owl stares from the fence post

to scare away raccoon and vole.


At daybreak, the toddler in my arms

reaches for it – her ooh! an excited mimicry.


Inside, on a shelf stands Athena –

the owl her familiar, whispering in her ear.


In the news – another child,

lone survivor of a plane crash,


stumbles through dark woods,

following an owl’s melancholy call


toward the glow emanating

from a distant farmhouse.


Out my window, the night sounds –

undergrowth snapped by claw and paw,


screech and hoot, whoosh of wing,

the click blink of a mouse eye.


Tangled in a dream, I unwrap a package –

inside it, a golden owl


and a scrawled message

I cannot decipher.


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