Poetic Powl

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Subject: Poetic Powl
From: John Layton <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:40:21 +0000

At about 07:00 on a cold, cold morning some three weeks ago I took a U.S. visitor to look for the Turner Powerful Owl. After a 10-minute search we had a good view of T.P.O. and its usual Brushtail prey.


Yesterday Cyrus, now back home in smoky Washington state, sent me the following excerpt from a poem about Arctic creatures which we thought is equally evocative of the Powerful Owl:


to hunch and spread

his wings and tail and fall

silent as moonlight

upon the quick hot

frenzy in that fur


John Layton






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