An Owl Sonnet

Poem about Australia’s favourite birds


Australia, in birds of great beauty abounds,
And in forms so exotic it truly confounds.
Our lorikeets, cockatoos, galahs, one and all,
Are some that we love through both sight and their call.
But when pondering deeper, many birds of the night,
Although they are there, remain out of sight.
Among those, are ones of elusive mystique,
With large, focussed eyes, ear tufts and sharp beak.

Of course, most will know the birds that I mean
Are owls, which, though hidden or mostly unseen,
Exude through some spectral, hypnotic sixth sense,
Constant scrutiny silent, yet presence immense.
Are their powers transcendent? Their spirits unreal?
No matter the answers, owls human hearts steal.



© Patrick Thomas 2010

“The Australian firm Wirripang Pty. Ltd., has published two of my
anthologies on musical subjects (which derive from my
former profession as an orchestral conductor) and
has released my autobiography -
now available on Wirripang’s website.”
- Patrick Thomas

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When the owl sings, the night is silent. - Charles de Leusse

He who has no falcon must hunt with an owl. - Danish Proverb

I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. - Bible

I was born a jackdaw - why should I try to be an owl? - Ogden Nash

Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits. - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Can grave and formal pass for wise,
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You can't fly with the owls by night and expect to keep up with the eagles during the day. - Unknown

I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls are not stupid and very feral, very hard to train. - Robbie Coltrane

I rejoice that there are owls. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have. - Henry David Thoreau

He is a rarity which I cannot but be fond of, as one would be of a hog that could fiddle, or a singing owl. - John W. Rochester

I'm a night owl, and luckily my profession supports that. The best ideas come to me in the dead of night. - Josh Fox

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The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious. - Mehmet Murat ildan

I will be deafer than the blue-eyed cat, And thrice as blind as any noonday owl, To holy virgins in their ecstasies. - Lord Alfred Tennyson

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I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house-top. - Bible

You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may come from different species but as long as you're a bird, I'm a bird too. - Glad Munaiseche

In New York, everybody looks great and is well dressed, but seeing someone in Ohio wearing Marc Jacobs is like spotting an owl in Central Park. Rare. - Isabel Gillies


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