ROWER AMONG TREES / Taking out the garbage again, I came upon a barn owl resting on a boxwood, sizing me up as if I, not he, were the intruder, into a chiUed gray Ught, tiito the long, slow first movement emerging from my house knew, the cardinal of a daybreak of rain. The cardinal and the jay and the crow that this was not my home. And I thought-- he should have been sleeping in the hull of his tree by now, shouldn't he? He sat unmoved as I rattled down the drive, my tin third leg dragging behind, and was there when I returned, hinged Uds bUnking at me, whUe I bUnked back. I smacked my dirty hands together, wiped them on my dirty jeans, tuning up for my mistake, "How-dee-dow, Mr. Owl," I caUed out as he spread and tifted, turning up the yeUow & red & brown leaves of maples & pin oaks as he passed, as if they were oars Ufting for the next stroke, and he a tireless rower among trees. The Missouri Review · 47 LEARNING TO BREATHE / l. After the argument, after he goes outside with a shovel, levels
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1996
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