the owl

Barred Owl outside our window

Last night the owl bunched in the tree
outside our window. Softly he boomed,
and then again, and again, and then was gone,
and not once did we think of the god

of plunge and blood, of iron mouths.
No, we thought, if we thought
of anything, of the god of pleasure and good luck —
the god of a happy life. Then we drifted away to sleep

over the fields, softly, on our own dark wings.

–Mary Oliver

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