Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Is my favourite. Who flies
like a nothing through the night,
who-whoing. Is a feather
duster in leafy corners ring-a-rosy-ing
boles of mice. Twice

you hear him call. Who
is he looking for? You hear
him hoovering over the floor
of the wood. O would you be gold
rings in the driving skull

if you could? Hooded and
vulnerable by the winter suns
owl looks. Is the grain of bark
in the dark. Round beaks are at
work in the pellety nest,
working. Owl is an eye
in the barn. For a hole
in the trunk owl’s blood
is to blame. Black talons in the
petrified fur! Cold walnut hands
on the case of the brain! In the reign
of the chicken owl comes like
a god. Is a goad in
the rain to the pink eyes,
dripping. For a meal in the day

flew, killed, on the moor. Six
mouths are the seed of his
arc in the season. Torn meat
from the sky. Owl lives
by the claws of his brain. On the branch

in the sever of the hand’s
twigs owl is a backward look.
Flown wind in the skin. Fine
Rain in the bones. Owl breaks
Like the day. Am an owl, am an owl.
George MacBeth (1932-1992)


Eryl Shields said...

Lucky Sally, I say!

And now I will have to go and buy a book of George McBeth.

The Dotterel said...

Sally loves owls, Eryl, and I put this here because I couldn't fit it on the main post:

And you're right: George MacBeth is well worth a read.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Oh, excellent! I wasn't too overwhealmed by what I'd read of MacBeth's prose, but this is very good indeed. Yep, may have to buy the book :-)

The Dotterel said...

Glad to spread the word, Gadjo.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Hiya 100!! I've visited before, l've lurked.
you visit sol and bs5 doncha?

love the OWL tribute. until 18 months ago our owl family lived in our old ban for 6 years all year round. could set the light clock by them..

FFf x

Zip n Tizzy said...

We all love owls around here. Have you gotten her Owl Moon?

Just ordered Writing Therapy. Should arrive sometime next week. Will let you know what I think. Am looking forward to it!

MarmiteToasty said...

There is an owl that sits in the mighty oak about 20 yards opposite my bedroom window... sometimes the bugger is so noisy I have to shut me bedroom window or he keeps me awake ....

Anyone have a recipe for owl stew? ;)


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