The Guardian of the Night
Who is this watchful one, such an exquisite creature,
so beautifully adorned, in its white feathered dress,
As white as the purest snow, over which it so guards,
with two golden eyes, that search, us to so impress.
A royal demeanor, is his most significant characteristic,
to sit so regally perched upon his highest royal throne,
He surveys the big world, below, and as his own domain,
no stranger to each tree, or streams, or any stone.
Beware the small brown furry rabbits, or the timid lizard,
and the cunning snake, all are good sources of his food,
This owl, as a king, to rule over all, within his own precepts,
to be admired, and not in his best demeanor, as seen, rude.
the watcher in the wildest and deepest of darkened woods,
the purveyor of death, and done, as in its natural evolution,
The powerful bird, to say no word, or not to make a sound,
showing great strength, in his regard, and a strong constitution.
Beyond the broad river, over the highest hills and the dales,
as a mighty Olympian, in his total silence, this bird so prevails,
With great powerful wings, that propel him in his swiftest flight,
he canvasses the landscape, to soar, throughout the night.
Such wisdom in his knowledge, of the widest of open forests,
The sage sits relentlessly, in the quiet and flower scented air,
The pine tree and spruce to keep him company there, in rest,
As the night hawks and whippoorwill, all each call, at their best.
The warming sun, at last to arise, from a night of adored sleep,
Then to light up the wide and open skies, a blue that runs so deep.
The wisest creature, in nature's own fold, basks by morning's light,
his wings, at last, to be folded and given a time to rest, now in sight.
His job is over for now, this sentinel, of the woods and the glen,
of snow covered fields, where the black crows call, to no avail.
I, as a hiker, and lover of the wild, on this beloved outdoor trail,
in such beauty, to be a thrill. and as though cast, am I, under its spell.
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