Monday, October 9, 2017

there was not a swagger of arrogance

                                                                                Author: Gabriel Forastieri Pinto
Image: Intelligent Posture of the Wise Owls (here)

the 12 given words:
owls bough villain strike sodden swagger stained
cowslip (a European primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers)
musk (a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance that is secreted by the male musk deer)
tinctured (be tinged with a slight amount of dye or pigment|)
viol (a musical instrument of the Renaissance held vertically and played with a bow)
distills (extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of)

the wise owls perched on the boughs
neither a villain nor a hero but striking a posture
very much like the yellow flowers of the cowslip
sodden with knowledge

there was not a swagger of arrogance
or stained with any strong smelling musk
but just tinctured with a mild whiff of
a soothing viol musical strain

owls in their own quiet ways as
pictured normally, appeared able to
distill information to invoke the
propensity of enquiry to maximize
their ability to comprehend
and to that of data storage

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - 
Shakespearian Style


  1. A great verse Hank, this took me back when living in Spain I went on a Mountain cable car to the Mijas Mountains, I had a fear of birds but actually held an owl. Thanks for the verse and my memories.

  2. They sure look as if they are taking everything in. Storing it away at their bay.

  3. I think that owls carries a lot of knowledge and they are mystical. The title made me smile.

  4. Nice poem evoking the wisdom of the owl. Good use of the words.

  5. Wonderful use of the wordle this week - and as Cressida mentioned, I think you've captured the mystery and elegance, and essence of "owl" - thanks for playing the wordle this week Hank :)