A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl (poem)

A Snowy Owl
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A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl

In search of an obscure little ski area,

we drove along a snowy road on a dark

ridgeline in the Catskill Mountains where

snow fell constantly from gray-black skies,

as the wind blew swirling drifts above our

car wheels that made it hard to turn.

We found nothing but deep dark woods.

"Are we lost without a map," our little

Clare asked with a frown on her face.

"Not yet, not yet," we all responded.

At last we came upon a crossroad and

there we saw a sign for distant Albany,

and Clare shouted, "Look, a snowy owl!"

Sure enough a large white owl with bright

yellow eyes stared down at us from a pole,

seemingly questioning our wisdom of being in

such a place far from the rest of the human race.


Clare usually isn't very noticing of natural phenomena, but she sure was on target that day of the snowy owl! JUst a few weeks ago she noticed a pocket gopher burrying under a picnic table near Estes Park, Colorado.

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Terre 5 years ago

We see so much more when we travel with our wide-awake grandkids. Nice poem about a special moment. Thanks.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Dear Richard. A lovely story of getting lost in the woods. Hoo-hoot! Did you also read my Hubpages on the owl family on television? I bet your grand-daughter would adore watching this owl family in the nest. Hugs, Debby

I just went back to it and found that you read the story when first published. Bird-Watching-on-TV-Owl-Family-in-the-News-What-a-Hoot


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Terre. Indeed, I would have never seen that owl had it not been for Clare.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Debby. Thanks to Clare, I now have the snowy owl on my life bird list!


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molometer 5 years ago

What a great poem from the child's perspective. They rely on us 'getting it right' and not getting lost.

The owl was right what were you doing out in those conditions lol


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks molometer. Clare certainly was more alert to nature than we were!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

That is so great as a bird-watcher you have created a life list.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Debby. I started keeping one way back in the 50's.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

How many birds have you seen? Will you be sharing with us?


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

I have seen in the hundreds but I just may write up an ornithological expedition I was on in Newfoundland, Canada back in 1957 (for two weeks). I believe I still have my notes of driving across Noofy from Port aux Basques to the Argentia Peninsula near St. Johns where we observed sea cliff birds for several days.


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Again a superbly written hub. Thank you.


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks Hello, hello. I appreciate it.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

That would be lovely. We have all written scraps and booklets of notes from seminars, trips and workshops that get stuffed onto a shelf or into a drawer never to be seen again.


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Hopefully I'll have time over the holidays to dig through my Noofy notes.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Looking forward to it. I have just written a hub from your inspiration on December 7th.


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

I'll check it out, Debby. Thank you very much


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I loved the unbridled rhythm and beautiful poetic narration. I loved the atmosphere and setting.


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Vinaya Ghimire, I appreciate it.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I liked it but how it ended felt sort of like a cliff hanger in a movie. Nice job though on the cool theme and how real it made me feel while reading it, it actually felt like a movie scene. Great stuff!

Voted up on many levels. Oh and nice owl there. OvO


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks CloudExplorer. Have you seen my poem "Clouds"?


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Great poem and love the snowy owl picture!


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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Ruby H Rose, I appreciate it.

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