In the early hours of morning,
my heart swooped from birch to willow
when an owl called at the window,
a fluty, chilly shiver.
Through the tilted slats of the blind,
the honeyed amber flash of eyes
and fluttering ‘You-ooh-ooh’ drew
me to the frost-kissed pane,
froze my breath in a cloud of ‘Oh!’
as I watched her dive below
from a branch to snatch her prey,
a dream to offer me.
I whispered into darkness,
‘Stay and keep me company,
dawn is just a glimmer
on the seam of earth and sky.’
But she turned her wings against the breeze
and flew back to keep watch in the trees.
Kim M. Russell, 19th November 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Surrealism in Poetry
Linda is our host for this week’s Poetics, an exploration of surrealism in poetry.
Linda not only shares with us a guide to surrealism, but also poems by poets associated with the surrealist movement: Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Simic and Charles Baudelaire.