Fern owl fragments

When I visit friends in France one of the highlights is watching nightjars gliding mysteriously over the fields at dusk and in darkness. They are a bird of myth and one belief was that they sucked on the teats of goats!

Fern owl fragments

Fern owl moth gulper
dusk caperer
goat chaser
cryptically
hidden in heathland leaves

bird of dream
and myth
white wing tipped
silent ghost glancing

wobbly over canopy
like a balsa wood glider
at the end of your journey
from the heart of darkness

no mate this year
to answer your velvety churring
moths dying
heathland vanishing

 

 

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2 comments on “Fern owl fragments

  1. So sad – no mate to answer his call – really liked this poem. We have a type of this bird in our area called the ‘whip poor will’ and that is exactly what his call sounds like at night.

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  2. erikleo says:

    Hi Kathleen.
    Thanks for your comment. I’ll check out the bird you mean! Does it have another name you can remember? 🙂
    I’ve just listened to a recording – the wonders of the Internet! I didn’t realise whip poor will was its real name. Or antrostomus vociferus to give its latin name. 😉

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