Today I decided to keep myself busy and active to try and fend off the sadness that has been dogging me.
Part of my "busy-ness" plan was walking to Fred Meyer's and getting a few things for a chocolate cheesecake recipe and on the way I came across a dead bird beside the sidewalk. At first I thought it was a hawk, then I saw the face... it was an owl. For some reason, it seemed more meaningful when I realized that it was an owl.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen an owl in the wild and I had never seen a dead owl before (outside a museum) so... well, I'm glad I decided to walk this path today.
when I found you
I looked away
as if your death were a private affair
not a tactless shrine
beside the cars' path that killed you
but when I looked back and found your eyes
dull silver-bronze like your talons
I knew that I must look upon you
since I couldn't hold you in my arms
cradle you and whisper
congratulations and commendations
and endearments into the wet feathers at your ears
as I lay you to rest somewhere shadowed and quiet
you fell along a congested state route
upon sodden weeds and bits of broken plastic
I will think of you in the sky dear one
among the stars
above the trees
|The talons were a breath taking metallic color and quite surprising.|
|Had a creepy moment when I looked up and found 3 nearly|
identical cats watching me after taking photos of the owl.
To top it off there was a dead rat in our parking lot. That was just too nasty to take pictures of but let me say that it appeared someone was benefiting from the rat's death.
Offsetting the death I encountered, I was delighted and shocked to find these blooms on the rhododendron by our parking spot.
The cheesecake has been quite an effort and I hope it will be worth it... won't know til tomorrow.
OH, Baby Bananaface has started saying "mummamamamomma" when he wants me :) We're calling it his first word! Momma for the win!
Also, the hubs spotted a rat on our balcony evening last after I had spotted droppings last week so our bird feeding is a little... limited at the moment. Still have the little suet up and getting my good visitors along with some obnoxious starlings... *sigh* At least the hummingbird feeder is no strings!