dVerse Poetics — Flight of Fancy/Dance of Death

owl-Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay
Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Our host a dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics is Laura Bloomsbury, who asks us for our flights of fancy. The following is based on a real life observation of a nesting pair of Great Horned Owls who were being tormented by a scold of very noisy jays. One of the adult owls defiantly lured the jays away and suddenly turned on them, snatching one unwitting fellow right out of the air.

Flight of Fancy/Dance of Death

Whump, whump, whump the air throbs
under the assault of massive wings
three powerful strokes and he is aloft
master of the thermals

He dips one wing in silent condolence
to the pitiful flightless things below
while defiantly flying straight
into the scold of jays, and through

He climbs ever higher, taunting
inconsequential forms of lesser birds
that fall behind in the chase
still jeering they cluster … until

Pivoting on one wing, he falls
with sharp talons and flared wings
like an avenging angel set to smite
their relentless taunting

A silent cloud of black feathers
announces his success

Fly Like an Eagle — Steve Miller Band

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

16 thoughts on “dVerse Poetics — Flight of Fancy/Dance of Death

    1. Thanks Li, it was an amazing thing to watch. One of the parents (I assume the father) pounced on those jays which were just plain harassing the nest with their calls. When I saw him grab that jay and feathers went everywhere, all I could think was “gotcha” lol

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  1. JP the “whump whump whump” is exactly what I would expect the owl’s wings to sound like as he rises. I really love that ending bit:
    “A silent cloud of black feathers
    announces his success”

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  2. That must have been awesome and shocking to see, and you’ve captured the action so well in this poem, appealing to the sense of sight and sound. I love that you have called the owl ‘master of the thermals’, the lines:
    ‘Pivoting on one wing, he falls
    with sharp talons and flared wings
    like an avenging angel’,
    and the way the poem is punctuated by the ‘silent cloud of black feathers.

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    1. Oh yes! It’s so remarkable to me that jays will gather in large groups for vocally harass raptors in an effort to drive the predator away while the owl will lead the offending noise makers away from the nest. I’ve actually always found the jays to be the more aggressive of the two. I guess what they lack in size they make up for in numbers. 🙂

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