The Sentinel

Gather round, dear friends

Pull up a chair
For I’ve a time worn tale to share

‘Twas a winter’s eve
Some years ago
That I ventured out
Into the snow

Though I was weary
I couldn’t sleep
So I went exploring
In the forest so deep

A walk, I thought
Would clear up my head
And upon my return
I’d be off to bed

A late evening stroll
In the crisp wintry air
That reddened my cheeks
And tousled my hair

The events of my day
Whirled round in my head
But I wanted to listen
To the forest instead

There was crackling and crunching
Of twigs on the ground
But aside from that
There was nary a sound

The new fallen snow
Had silenced the woods
So peaceful and lovely
Right there, where I stood

I gazed at the trees
All sparkly and white
So very resplendent
In the moon’s tender light

And just then from afar…
What’s that I heard?
A whoosh, a flutter
Perhaps it’s a bird…

And then I saw wings
Grace set to motion
That soared with such ease
Like waves in the ocean

Then came a soft rustling
In a proud, mighty birch
As this yet unknown creature
Settled onto it’s perch

Through the distance between us
I’m quite certain I see
A wild winged sentinel
Gazing right back at me

From his perch way up high
Looking regal and proud
Blanketed gently
In nighttime’s soft shroud

His gaze ever watchful
He surveys the night
Undoubtedly hungry
In need of a bite

What might he tell me?
This wise, knowing bird
Of all that he’d seen
And all that he’d heard…

Of his days in the skies
And his nights in the trees
Was it lovely up there,
Where he perched in the breeze?

The forest’s secrets
Were his to know
And as for me
It was time to go

The air had grown colder
And the hour, so late
Knowing I must leave,
I resigned to my fate

And just as the wolves
Began to howl
I bade good night
My friend, the owl.
Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017.
Image found on Google.


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