Leonnyes Z to A Challenge–O is for Osprey and Owl

Plate 61 of Birds of America by John James Aud...

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Feathered predator
eyes wide-open, posed to kill,
grasp your prey in flight.


Wise one, great horned owl,
teach me the secrets you hold
through years of watching.

I spent four hours at our museum today (Nevada Museum of Art) where the feature exhibit is John James Audubon, a collection of 50 prints from his original watercolors.Β  The tour I led was for Senior Citizens and included an art component. I incorporated poetry into the tour, reading from Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets who has written a lot of poetry on birds. We discussed metaphor, simile, haiku and cinquain. I gave the participants time to write their own poems using whatever form they wanted to. After the tour they did an art project (pastels/feathers) and I had them include their poems on their picture with some really great results. At the end of the class, one of the women came up to me and thanked me for helping her face her fear of poetry! These poems were two I wrote using O-birds in the exhibit.

Submitted to Leo’s Z to A Challenge: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/

The image is the one I used for owl!

11 thoughts on “Leonnyes Z to A Challenge–O is for Osprey and Owl

  1. Whenever I see a bird that’s a bit unusual I like to visit an American Indian site that talks about totems and see what the meaning is. It varies with different tribes. Owl is magic, wisdom. They do stare at you, don’t they?


  2. Rumya says:

    I remember seeing an owl sitting on a tree outside my window barely ten feet away, staring at me with its twinkling eyes. Beautiful scene that was. Unfortunately, before I could capture it forever, it flew away into the night.
    Enjoyed reading your delightful post!! πŸ™‚


  3. Nanka says:

    Loved your activity at the museum with senior citizens. I got over my fright for poetry due to Leo who egged me to write Haikus….and here I am writing a haiku a day!! πŸ™‚ Loved both your verses and the picture is magnificent. πŸ™‚


  4. i liked that owl verse best.. beautiful ode to an owl πŸ™‚


  5. souldipper says:

    Ooooh that is soooo good. I also loved reading about your teaching and touring activities. What a combo – did people sign up to tour or to write? I may even be able to write a Haiku with you as my tour guide! πŸ™‚


    • This is a group of seniors who do sign up. I usually do school tours…love watching the kids “get it.” Haiku is very fun to write Amy. I think if you do it often enough you get the feel for the 5-7-5 syllable pattern. If you write one, share it with me! If you haven’t visited Jenn’s sensation haiku Wednesday sight you might want to take a peek. Link is on my blog.


  6. Rajlakshmi says:

    wonderful verses… I love white owls πŸ˜€ beautiful creatures they are


  7. shalmalee says:

    Both Haikus are well written and i cant write Haikus :((


  8. Vibhuti B says:

    WOW beautiful verses on some intriguing birds. As a birder Ive never been able to shoot an owl yet…Waiting to and when I do will share it with you…because this post of urs has been really inspiring! πŸ˜€


    • You would love the Audubon exhibit we have at the museum right now…but I suspect the commute might be a bit much. I would love to see your photography of birds. BTW–we do have owls here. Thanks for your comments, Vibhuti


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