Haibun Monday: Owls

Today the theme for Haibun Monday is owls. Victoria is hosting the Pub with this lovely winter kigo for haiku. A haibun is brief true prose ending with a haiku – haiku must have a seasonal word to be a haiku. Come visit us to read these haibun about owls. the Japanese word for snowy owl is fukaroo. This is also being posted at Real Toads Tuesday Platform.

Owls at night
I sit on the steps of our back porch. The night is cold and still and a light snow is falling. I pull the quilt tighter around me and gaze out at the snow slowly covering the lawn. From the woods I hear a sound that is like a woman screaming – a tiny screech owl. For something so small it can emit a scream from that sounds like it comes from the pits of despair. The owl screams again. I look up at the dark sky, the stars blacked out by clouds. As I look up, a deeper black slowly glides across the sky – an owl. Probably the screech owl or the saw whet owl I found earlier in autumn living in the woods. There are several owls around here – you can spot them at night or their nesting places during the day if you are observant and very quiet. There is even a ghostly barn owl taking advantage of an old deserted barn. Owls. I love owls. I can sit all night and watch them hunt – hearing their clucking or wild cries as they find and capture prey. The screech owl screams again. The snow continues to fall.

in the cold night owls
split the darkness with their
ghostly glide – snow falls

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 14:30:09

    I turn to you for haibun beauty and this doesn’t disappoint. The scene is so serene, even peaceful and mysterious and then the owl splits the darkness in a silent ghostly glide. Wow. Let’s go and get some hot tea then come back and watch some more.


  2. Anonymous
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 14:40:43

    That is so beautiful, with the sounds of the different owls and the sense snow brings and silent flight.


  3. X
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 15:08:10


    I am rather fond of owls, though we see them so rarely. Perhaps because they are night hunters and rely on that stealth. I have seen a few in the day time nesting.

    Been doing quite a bit of back porch sitting myself. The bite of the first wave of winter in the chest makes you feel alive. Though a blanket is def nice too. Ha. No snow her yet though. Just cold. And a bit of frost.

    Perhaps the snow would make them show up a bit more in teh sky (as your haiku suggests) or at least as a shadow gliding.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 15:21:23

    Where I live there are few owls.. but I do remember hearing them all the time when I was closer to real woods. Here it would mostly be tawny owls… I used to be afraid of darkness but that was a long time ago, maybe I should sit outside a bit (but it’s so cold)


  5. lillian
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 15:22:57

    I am with you….enveloped in your quilt watching and listening too. Your imagery just makes me be there with you! And yes…they do have a ghostly glide and their wing span is quite amazing in comparison to their body’s girth.


  6. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 15:35:07

    This is so beautiful. I am there with you, a bit cold, waiting for the owls to swoop by.


  7. navasolanature
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:13:26

    This is prompt is certainly inspiring some beautiful descriptions and poetic insights. Yours is truly elegant and gliding effortlessly as an owl.


  8. kim881
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:14:21

    This is a gorgeous and the haiku is a gem, Toni!


  9. alisonhankinson
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:20:53

    Snow and cold and owls and sitting on the back porch at night. It sounds a wonderful way to be. XX


  10. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:51:22

    We share the same feelings about owls. The haiku is gorgeous.


  11. Vivian Zems
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 17:22:31

    What a beautiful scene…. surrounded by nature. One week you’re kicking snakes in the leaves and now being serenaded by owls! Lovely haiku. (Btw…in what part of the world are you?…with nature on your doorstep)


  12. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 17:23:14

    It looks like you have plenty of experience with them. I don’t remember ever seeing an owl perhaps because I didn’t think of looking when I had the opportunity.


  13. Shawna
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 17:44:43

    I love this:

    “in the cold night owls
    split the darkness with their
    ghostly glide”


  14. Grace
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 17:57:02

    How lucky that you get to see a bunch of them Toni and see them in action ~ Sadly I have not seen one but I can appreciate the sounds of screams and clucking ~ The haiku of the snow falling is serenely lovely ~


  15. Sherry Marr
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 21:10:11

    So beautiful. You are lucky with so many owls around.


  16. maria
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 23:36:41

    Ah, how i crave for winter. 🙂


  17. Sumana Roy
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 02:54:48

    This is an absolute beauty. It’s a description of a magical night with silence, darkness and owls in action.


  18. Misky
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 16:43:22

    A splendid haibun. Lovely.


  19. Rommy
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 19:25:41

    We have a few owls in my neighborhood too. Their sounds are beautifully haunting.


  20. Magaly Guerrero
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 21:03:16

    The shriek is still ringing…


  21. Namratha Varadharajan
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 21:27:50

    What a beautiful picture you have painted of the night! I imagined the entire scene with your words: huddled up and listening to different owls as snow falls


  22. lynn__
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 23:27:21

    A fabulous haibun…I enjoyed the owl excursion right alongside you; in sight and sound and the silence of the snow!


  23. MNL
    Nov 15, 2017 @ 08:11:57

    I love that last line “ghostly glide – snow falls”. You are so lucky to have so many kinds of owls around you. I enjoyed your haibun and haiku.


  24. sanaarizvi
    Nov 15, 2017 @ 08:26:14

    This is soo beautiful, Toni!❤️ Especially love; “I can sit all night and watch them hunt – hearing their clucking or wild cries as they find and capture prey. The screech owl screams again. The snow continues to fall.” ❤️


  25. Laura Bloomsbury
    Nov 15, 2017 @ 11:25:18

    like the soprano who can crack glass with top C, your winter owl breaks the ice in a heavenly haiku


  26. jazzytower
    Nov 15, 2017 @ 16:30:53

    Sounds like you have a lot of opportunities to see owls. How interesting. You sound like me slipping out on the porch to admire a new blanket of snow I’m moonlight. A magical read☺☺☺


  27. Mish
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 18:19:57

    I love the way the owl screeches between your thoughts and sharing of information…. This is beautiful.


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