General Poetry posted May 23, 2020


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A Sonnet

Verreauxs Eagle-Owl

by Dolly'sPoems


This wise old man upon the bough can hunt,
and hears the slightest movement all around;
from high up in the tree he pulls his stunt
and swoops upon the victim on the ground.

When he is hungry, bats and mice beware,
this raptor in the sky is keen and mean;
and suddenly he spots a running hare,
there’s no escape from eagle-owl’s routine.

In Africa they are quite superstitious
and think this bird has evil in his veins,
they’re scared, believing him to be malicious,
they keep away from woodlands where he reigns.

In England Owls are magical and cute,
to their great wisdom we give our salute.

 


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2020


Verreauxs Eagle-Owl is native to Africa and lives in a dry wooded savanna. This bird has unique distinctive bright pink eyelids and powerful talons. They hunt small monkeys, squirrels, hares, bats, rats, mice and other birds. In African folklore, owls are viewed suspiciously and considered evil, whereas in England owls are magical, filled with ancient knowledge, a symbol of femininity and fertility, and related the mystical renewal of the moons cycles.

Art by Dolly.
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