ELEGY FOR A BARN OWL, a poem by Lynne Colgrave, UK from VoicesNet.com



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ELEGY FOR A BARN OWL, a poem by Lynne Colgrave, UK


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Lynne Colgrave, UK



Elegy for a Barn Owl

I found him on a snow-lit day
As clouds hung over
velvet grey,
Stiffly cold, his wings outspread
As if denying he were dead.

And all throughout that bitter night
I dreamt of his
nocturnal flight,
The silent swoop, the sudden pounce
On unsuspecting vole or mouse.

I thought I saw him with his kill
Alight upon my
Window sill
Illuminated by the snow;
His voice rang out both clear and low.

Twit-twoo, his eerie cry
Became my phantom
For in my dream
I saw him die
And watched his silver spirit fly.

I found him lying on the ground
His tigered feathers
Gentlest brown,
The softest down of tender white
And frozen eyes as black as night.

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Lynne ColgraveHello Susanne, I've only just spotted your message and am sending you belated thanks in return for taking time out to read my poem. Hope you are having a great day today!UK6/22/2011 6:43:22 AM
Lynne ColgraveHi Tony - and many thanks for your message which has cheered me up no end. Think I'll join you in that whisky - maybe a touch of dry ginger with it! UK6/22/2011 6:41:58 AM
A poem so complete in all. I am still in awe and lost for words. All I can do is raise a glass of fine whiskey. A toast to excellence. In admiration, Tony. 6/21/2011 2:12:00 PM
Lynne ColgraveHello John, and thanks so much for your message which greatly encourages me in my efforts to write. Also for taking time out to read my poem and for giving me feedback which I greatly appreciate. UK6/21/2011 1:16:25 PM
John StarksLynne, I love good poetry, and this poetry is excellent. Yor are wonderfully acquainted with prosody. I thank you for the poems beauty of form and flow. It is both delicate and lovely. John USA6/7/2011 10:00:50 AM
Susanne RowellSo sad and beautiful at the same time, a lovely poem, Lynne.Germany5/23/2011 1:53:57 PM
LynneThanks to everyone who has sent these kind messages.It's great of you to take the time to write.UK4/28/2011 1:54:42 PM
Mukeshkumar RavalHi,Lynne, congratulations to you for writing such a beauty with words. keep it up dear.You have a wonderful talent .Thanks India2/2/2011 10:47:37 PM
Ugwa Victorpeople have said enough, what can i say? well searching and searching all i can find to say is WELL DONE AND GREAT JOB.Nigeria2/1/2011 11:40:13 AM
Kelly Louise MeacockExcellent poem....very deserving of winning the competition well done :-)UK1/30/2011 11:34:32 AM
james worshamIt has a sweet sadness to it. very niceUSA1/20/2011 3:27:00 AM
Pat KelbaughWhat are the chances of seeing more of your poetry on VoicesNet? The four (oh no! only four!) I saw posted are wonderful.USA1/19/2011 9:05:55 PM
Lynne ColgraveThanks to everyone who responded to my poem 'Elegy for a Barn Owl' - I'm most honoured to receive such kind comments from you all. UK1/19/2011 2:33:41 PM
Kalle HaasLovely poem.Well deserving number one poem of December.Nigeria1/19/2011 1:11:24 PM
Marcia SchechingerLynne a magnificent poem filled with imagery of a particular event of life and death. The spirit of the owl seems to live within this verse, strong spirited colorful; and yet on this cold winters night there he lay to haunt with beauty as death took him away. A talented poem, Lynne, well deserving as first place in December 2010 poetry contest. Congratulations!USA1/19/2011 11:47:32 AM
Josef FirestoneCongratulations Lynne.I like this poem very much, it's wonderful and gentle.Netherlands1/19/2011 11:17:52 AM
Gail KayCongratulations Lynne. This is just beautiful.Australia1/19/2011 12:35:21 AM
Site MonitorCongratulations!USA1/18/2011 11:50:04 PM
Dwayne RankinLynne, a wonderful poem filled with melancholy feelings, With wonderful lines filled with rhyming and rhythm. This is a deserved winner. Great poem is the best way to describe this one.USA1/18/2011 10:36:11 PM
Eldy CatindoyHi Lynne an enjoyable read..beautiful poem with great rhyming (=Philippines12/3/2010 9:12:16 AM
Roy Kneale.Lynne, Congratulations are in order - this is a beautiful poem. Well structured, excellent rhyme and beautiful rhythm. I hope we shall see more of this calibre from you. I wish you all the best and trust you are escaping the worst of the cold snap.UK.12/3/2010 7:13:04 AM


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