Striped Owl (Draw a Bird Day)

sometimes in dreams I
remember a time when my spirit was
lifted by stars, silent
as a secret, and then
suddenly moonbound dark and
luminous–everything felt
ancient and reawakened—like the
hushed feathered womb of owl
wings singing in a windswept quaver

Another orange and black bird for the Year of the Tiger. The striped owl is found in Central and South America, inhabiting savannas and semi-open grasslands.

My poem is another Golden Shovel, with lines extracted from Arthur Sze’s wonderful poem “The Owl”. I’ve used it before as inspiration, and probably will again.

And I’m sure owls will show up, as they have before, on Draw A Bird Day as well.

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24 responses to “Striped Owl (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    The owl paintings are impressive, but it’s the poem that does it for me. Such an evocative collection of words, ending on that ‘windswept quaver’.

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    There’s something about an owl. That is such a wonderful poem, it is owl through and through.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    I love this poem–and the owl drawings are an extra bonus!

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, this is lovely. I enjoyed your poem and you owls are really beautiful.

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  5. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Brilliant! I like the first and the last the most.

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  6. Ingrid says :

    Beautiful artwork and whispers, Kerfe!

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  7. Elizabeth says :

    Both are wonderful, the draws and the poem. I like the part about the spirit being lifted by stars.

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  8. LuAnne Holder says :

    I love your owls, especially the first one. You did a great job with your Golden Shovel. You have inspired me to use that form sometime.

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Your paintings and poem are beautiful, Marta.

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  10. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your owls are wonderful! They are such an interesting subject. One I enjoy studying too.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Jill. Every month I look forward to drawing and researching a bird. I’m glad Laura started the monthly draw a bird day. I hope she’s still busy creating her own.

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