Draw-a-Bird Day: Barn Owl

ghost owl face s

White wings
carrying souls
listening to shadows
navigating the deepest night
ghost owl
navigating the deepest night
listening to shadows
opening worlds

A mirror cinquain for Colleen’s #tanka Tuesday, poet’s choice of words.

I love the faces of owls.  The barn owl can look quite ghostly, especially at night, and yet there are also many colors reflected in the feathers.  Barn owls are found almost everywhere in the world.

barn owl face s

The Owl can be the familiar to Athena’s wisdom or to Lilith as goddess of Death.  Or both at the same time, perhaps.

Also linking to dVerse Open Link Night, hosted this week by Grace.


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47 responses to “Draw-a-Bird Day: Barn Owl”

  1. Priscilla Bettis says :

    Nice tanka. I do like owls. They scare me sometimes, though, they way they can swoop down at you without making any noise.

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  2. Hélène - Willow Poetry says :

    The wise owl, beautiful mirror cinquain, love the art too.

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Wow nice words penned for owls the wise bird and such a wonderful painting

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  4. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Beautiful owls, Kerfe. The one on black paper is particularly lovely. Beautiful poem too. The words make such an interesting shape; they seem to point up and down at the night and the white. 🙂

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  5. mhmp77 says :


    They look mysterious, quiet but in a menacing way like a college Professor. That perhaps make them out to be a wise one. The sketch is great!


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  6. Colleen Chesebro says :

    I love owls! Kerfe, your artistic abilities are astounding. This mirror cinquain is especially lovely. I love the technique of repeating a phrase. That repetition draws me into the theme of “navigating the deepest night…” ❤

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  7. kiddlescarol says :

    Lovely words and owl. I like how an owl face can look heart-shaped.

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  8. Evelyn says :

    Lovely drawings…

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  9. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I love owls. Wonderful drawing and poem. 🙂

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  10. Vashti Q says :

    Great mirror cinquain and your owl drawings are wonderful too. Have a great weekend! 😀

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  11. Ennle Madresan says :

    Oh, isn’t this lovely poetry!

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  12. Grace says :

    Love the drawing and poem about owl. These creatures fill me with awe.

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  13. Sharon Mann says :

    Lovely tribute to the Barn Owl, enjoy the weekend!

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  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    I love owls too… if there would just be a few around I would be happy.

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  15. Beverly Crawford says :

    What a lovely pair … the words and the owl.

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  16. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like how you bring out the heart in the owl’s face.

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  17. sanaarizvi says :

    Wowww this is absolutely exquisitely drawn! ❤️

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  18. Dave Kingsbury says :

    Ace pics, quite spooky, and the unexpected modulation at the end of the cinquain works well.

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  19. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Adore this! That first owl is amazing… captures all the soul and mystery of them!

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  20. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Those eyes of the owl – mesmerizing! He’s looking right at us. I enjoyed your poem also, Kerfe.

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  21. stevetanham says :

    Lovely words and structure; and the drawing really capture the ‘essence of owl’.

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