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Barred Owl

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Below is the poem entitled Barred Owl which was written by poet Mark Peterson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Barred Owl

In sleep
I awake dreaming.
Outside, the air is
heavy, still and close,
and he has roused himself
to speak.

A few, plaintive cries;
do kindred roost nearby?
He knows I’m here
because I listen,
yet he discerns in me
no purpose.

Might the woods
not be the same 
without me here?
I am deaf to his
ancestral songs,
and so he keeps his peace.

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 3:46:00 AM
    Unique, indeed!! Lovely!

  1. Date: 12/6/2013 10:38:00 PM
    Mark What a creative and unique write. You did very well with the descriptive and imaginative verses, allowing the reader to feel they are in this poetic story. Nice job Thanks for the sweet comment on my Halos and Wings poem

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/7/2013 12:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for stopping by, Robin. Wonderful of you to take notice of so many of my poems. See you again soon.
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 6:25:00 AM
    you've painted such a vivid picture for me in such a poetic way! thank you...

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/6/2013 5:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Ilene. It's fun to realize that even mundane things can come alive with poetry. But who would know but for ones like you?
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 8:44:00 PM
    we have an owl somewhere in the woods behind our home...I can hear him from inside but when I go out, he quiets down...I enjoyed this poem tonight...nicely crafted :)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/2/2013 11:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for looking at my poem and commenting. When owls deign to acknowledge us at all, they just kind of stare right through, fixed on a more distant horizon. Unnerving.
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 11:44:00 AM
    Enjoyed this poem. I think of how the animals hush when they sense a human nearby. I have a poem about owls as well.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/2/2013 7:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Jon. I couldn't find your poem on owls, at least not in the title. Let me know. This owl lives right outside, in trees above the creek that flows through our back yard.
  1. Date: 11/1/2013 2:55:00 AM
    Good Day, Mark. You've captured what we may disdain.....owls at night hooting with a rare diction of their ancestors! I visualise a Camper in a deep jungle where jackals and owls inherit tranquillity of the night; tossing on a camp bed, alert to nature calling! Friend, JM.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/1/2013 10:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joseph, not a mere reply, but poetry in itself. Why don't you expand on this and post it? Good Friend, Mark