Haiku: Snowy Owls

Today at Real Toads, Karin Gustafson of ManicDaily, is prompting us to write – what to write and how to write when we are stymied or blocked. She gives several excellent suggestions. The one I liked best was to pick a letter and to let the words flow. As a member of the Audubon Society, I picked the letter “S” and the subject of snowy owls. I love owls and these owls are so wonderful! It seems every four years they do a massive southern migration or even northern migration based on the lemming population in Canada or for whatever reason down south. I keep my eyes open for them and have spotted two in the last few months. They learn to hunt mice around factories, for example! So…my inspiration is Snowy Owls. Because the size of their wings is large in proportion to their body size, they have an almost silent flight. Three haiku (Shay, don’t run screaming!).

owl flies South –
looks down from pines – settles
in for the winter

a blizzard of owls
storms the South – mice hide
to no avail

silent glide through trees
surprises small human – eyes
widen in wonder

public domain image

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Blue Sky
    Dec 21, 2017 @ 18:40:24

    SO beautiful, Toni! I love them.


  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Dec 21, 2017 @ 20:30:21

    What gorgeous birds! I too love all owls, but did not know of these. Verses and photo work beautifully together.


  3. ManicDdaily
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 00:01:00

    Ah, lovely–very visual poem and well put together, thanks. k.


  4. Trådløs
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 02:17:22

    You do a wonderful job with your haikus. Very interesting info on the owls as well. I never realized how huge their wings are compared to their body


  5. kim881
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 03:34:29

    Owl haiku – a lovely Christmas gift, Toni! I especially love ‘a blizzard of owls’ and the ‘silent glide through trees’.


  6. sanaarizvi
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 05:44:23

    Such a gorgeous and visual poem, Toni!❤️I wasn’t aware about the snowy owls. They are such beautiful and intriguing creatures! 😀


  7. Rommy
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 06:56:25

    Owls are such cool birds


  8. Helen Dehner
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 11:01:34

    Love, love your haiku verses! The form is challenging and you managed it beautifully!


  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 15:51:04

    I so wish that I would ever see a snowy owl… some years they actually comes to Sweden… when there are plenty of lemmings.


  10. Victoria C. Slotto
    Dec 22, 2017 @ 20:38:00

    I am so envious. You are getting the answer to my wish–3 times over!


  11. Magaly Guerrero
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 00:14:54

    “a blizzard of owls” What a line! I love what it does to the senses–the sounds, the overwhelming feeling of wings assaulting the sky…


  12. merrildsmith
    Dec 23, 2017 @ 06:35:19

    I read that this migration is called an irruption. They’ve been tagging some in Cape May, NJ.
    Lovely haiku. I like the “blizzard of owls,” and the sense of wonder in the last one. Lucky you to spot them!


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