A Parliament

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~The Owl  (posted by Sumana)

Owls have been appearing in literature since a long time. To the Bard, the owl was a merry note; an elegant fowl to Edward Lear but to many others owl brought gloom.

Let’s see how you look at this most written about bird of prey.


If you come upon
a parliament of owls,
some will shelter
in barns–their flat
faces immutable–some
will screech, horns
attuned, and faces
inscrutable. White
-faced owls are night
birds camouflaged
from sight. Some
can strum a mean
guitar, but are
only interested
in pussycats,
and pea-green boats.



About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to A Parliament

  1. gillena cox says:

    😊😊😊nice one Sara



  2. Sherry says:

    This made me smile. Loved it.


  3. thotpurge says:

    I love that a group of owls is called a parliament…!!!


  4. Sumana Roy says:

    Aw…How lovely!


  5. Brendan says:

    Sounds like some bottle clubs I’ve been in at 5 a.m.


  6. oldegg says:

    The marriage of owl and puss has always been quite illogical except for the fact they are creatures of the night and forming an alliance is logical except for the fact that neither love water so the pea green boat may well end the relationship.


  7. Rall says:

    Parliament of owls…interesting. Owls always bring pussy cats and pea green boats. to mind but no mention of the land where the bong trees grow. I lived not far from Nimbin for a long time …that is probably why it struck a chord with me.


  8. susanstoo says:

    Wonderful gathering of truths and fictions!


  9. hypercryptical says:

    Loved this Sara – I can understand the interest in pussycats and pea-green boats – hunting is so yesterday!
    Anna :o]


  10. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    woven in a light-hearted vein that I really enjoyed!


  11. What a succinct and delightful introduction to owl species! Beautiful rhythm to this one.


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