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    Part of a series of narrative poems: Owl

    Part of an animal based series; more to follow, and feedback, comments greatly appreciated!



    Owl

    They don’t see you
    sitting perched
    on the branch,
    eyes still as mirrors
    until it’s too late
    and your thick body
    swoops down
    trough the tangled branches,
    navigating that leafy maze
    without sound,
    the squirrel struggling in your talons
    born aloft to his death.

    We don’t see the oncoming headlights swerving over the double yellow lines
    the figure in the dark
    the one drink too many
    the tumor before it forms
    the flood before it flashes
    the life running out from us.

    The owl knows.

    He waits for you
    at night
    as you toss
    sweating
    in dreams
    where teeth crumble apart like chalk,
    your vision dims to nothing
    and none of the lights work.


    Unable to see
    or even run
    through the thicket of briars
    piercing your legs
    the ground gives way
    to nothing
    & you plunge
    into the river rising
    & snapping trees along its bank like match-sticks
    as the rapids pull you under
    to drown
    in the covers
    of the bed
    where you will someday die,
    caught in the talons
    that have always clenched you tightly in their grip.

    It is already too late.


    - SimoSkunk, 2014

    Dedicated to Anne Sexton.

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    Interesting.

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    Thanks! Always nice to get some feedback and encouragement.

    I'll get more of these up soon: So far I have similarly 'dark' pieces based (sometimes loosely) on the following animals: Anteater, Skunk, Red Fox and Groundhog. With more to follow.

 

 

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