POETRY SOME SHADOWS / On the snow at night, I saw once the shadow of a huge sound, which I had heard begin as I passed under an old cherry tree, then immaculate for winter. There was the preparation, which I can only say I heard, though sound came next. There was the sound, all at once-- a living thing, lifting. I felt a giant presence and looked down. When I looked up, the shadow I had seen leaving took all the sky. Too big for me, I thought, but when I thought again I could see again the owl I had seen on the lawn of the church the morning the Methodists met to make the softball team. Over its head, it wore a number 3 paper bag. Someone thought it could see better in the dark. It spoke a little, took a step before someone else put it under an arm and took it toward dusk. I walked on the lawn this way and that, with the good Boy Scouts, thinking, that dumb owl. Come out in the open like that. I can see him today, stuck to his shadow. slowed by sunlight, Inside the paper
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1981
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