My Owl

I have lived in Upper Norwood since 1997. Upper Norwood is one of the greenest parts of Greater London and I am fortunate that my home overlooks an historic park. The prevalence of greenery leads to a diversity of wildlife, including foxes and owls.

From time to time an owl’s mournful cry reaches my ears. I like to think that he (or she) is the same owl. However given that I have resided in the same spot for some 20 years this is impossible.

Below is my poem “Owl

“Owl” can be found in my collection of poetry “Refractions


5 thoughts on “My Owl

  1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    Not impossible, just unlikely. Owls can sometimes live 20 years or so. Usually captive ones rather than wild ones. However, while it’s more common for captive owls to reach advanced ages than wild ones, some wild owls have been known to do so too.

    Having said that, I think it’s more likely that the owl you’re hearing is the grandchick of the one you heard when you first moved there, possibly even the great-grandchick.


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