Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Owl" by X. J. Kennedy




The diet of the owl is not
For delicate digestions.
He goes out on a limb to hoot
Unanswerable questions

And just because he winks like men
Who utter sage advice,
We think him full of wisdom when
He's only full of mice.

--X. J. Kennedy

50 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Full of mice! That's great.

Desiree said...

Cute poem...beautiful owl :)

Mamma has spoken said...

His diet might be gross but it makes for 'wonderful' owl pellets to disect with the fourth graders. Which by the way, I should be doing this with them in a couple of weeks.....

Teresa Evangeline said...

I think I know that one, believing someone's full of wisdom when they're only full of "mice." Happy Tuesday, BB!

Donna said...

Sounds like me....Hahaaa...
hughugs

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB,
What a absolutely beautiful picture of the Owl. We enjoyed the poem too. Have you read the book "Wesley the Owl", by Stacy O'Brien? It about a lady who recues and rehabs a baby owl and their life together. Very very good.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Gigi said...

I know a few people who like to think they are wise when really they are full of . . . . mice.

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, that's a wonderful poem. Put a smile on my face. Thanks.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful verse, I had my photo taken with an owl whilst living in Spain.

Yvonne.

Out on the prairie said...

Good verse, I listened to 3 trying to get a hoot from a female on Easter.

Linda said...

A beautiful photo and a funny verse. Thanks for the chuckle on this Tuesday.

Anne Gallagher said...

Funny. I love owls. They do look wise, but I bet they're just full of gas.

EmptyNester said...

Cutest poem EVER!

Baby Sister said...

Haha!! I loved that!!

Pat said...

I will never look at an owl the same way again!

Too funny!

tracy said...

“He respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right.”

Cool Gal said...

Thank goodness it's only mice (I always get a little nervous when I let my dog out as we have one who likes to hang out in our backyard.).

They are quite beautiful.

Happy Tuesday, Betty.

Georgina Dollface said...

Owls are one of my favourite birds. They have such a thoughtful, yet sly, air about them. They are incredibly watchful and observant, yet the way they can turn their heads so smoothly from side to side, makes them also look incredibly blase and indifferent. I sometimes think that if a cat morphed into a bird, an owl would be the result. - G

Brian said...

That poem is such a hoot!

Old Kitty said...

Woo-hoo!!

:-)

Great poem, very wise! take care
x

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great picture! Your posts are always so interesting.

daigo said...

cute!

Nancy said...

Love it, Betty. :)

Ms. A said...

Oh, Betty... I feel like you posted this one just for me! Thanks!

blueviolet said...

That truly made me giggle!

Eve said...

Excellent! Gross, but excellent! lol

Theanne and Baron said...

So true...owls are such handsome birds (maybe it's their diet)!

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. I liked that poem very much. I have heard but never seen a wild owl. We have 'em... they just don't show themselves.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! Clever poem!

Ann said...

What a cute poem. I love it. I'm also quite fond of owls even if they are full of mice :)

Josh Hoyt said...

I like the ending about being full of mice or is this a play on words meaning men are only full of mice hmmmm I need to think about this.

Pearl said...

Perfect. :-)

Pearl

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the laugh.

I have a soft spot in my heart for owls since reading Harry Potter.

Catherine said...

Owls are my favourite bird ~ full of mice or not! :)
xo Catherine

Annie said...

Aww, wonderful poem.
I often hear a great barn owl in the pine barrens behind me during the summers.

CM said...

Ha! That was cute. I love owls...well, except when they park themselves right outside my bedroom window and hoot all night! Nice poem!

Daisy said...

Ha ha! This one gave me a giggle. :D

Thanks, Betty!

Sarah said...

That's someone who didn't like owls much huh? I think they look awsome.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That poem's cute. I like it. And I've never seen an owl so brown and white. Interesting.
xoRobyn

Marlene said...

You know, other than in a zoo, I've never seen a real, live owl. Sheltered, I tell you. Sheltered.

Susan in the Boonies said...

I LOVE the owl picture.
Now, for you, my friend, a story.

And it's TRUE!!!;-D

Today, on the way back to the Boonies, as we rounded the last corner to pull up near the house, we saw a hawk. He was swooping up, with a heavy load in his talons, from the right side of the road, and he achieved enough altitude that we missed him. Here's the conversation that ensued between my daughter and me:

Me: "Did you see that?"
Dear Daughter: "It was a hawk!"
Me: "Did you see what he had?"
DD: "Yup. A mouse. Rest in peace, Little Buddy."

At first, I chuckled. And then, I got to thinking about the carnage that was going on up in the tree top just above me, and I got a little queasy. Had to change the subject in my own mind!!!

Mrs.C said...

Love the poem, it's so clever. I'll have to share it with my youngest, she loves owls!

Sandra said...

Betty, this is awesome! So were you lying in bed one night unable to sleep, and you just whipped this little ditty out? It's fantastic!

Joyful said...

How cute, the photo and the verse ;-)

Kazzy said...

Owls are interesting little things. I don't know if I like the or are scared by them.

Susan said...

Just blogging around and found your blog. Okay cute poem, you got me, it made me smile. Thanks for letting me visit and lightning up my evening.
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faye said...

I don't know how I missed this...
Love owls... great shot.!!

wowaccountforsale said...

Huh, stuck me by truth with that poem line "We think him full of wisdom when he's only full of mice" made me smile though. I love owls specially its delicate feather and cute heart-shaped face, cudly.

Pat Tillett said...

I LOVE both the poem and the photo! I'm gonna going to check out Mr. Kennedy out for more.

Maggie said...

Hahahaha!!! Awesome!!