The Owl and the Dove

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

It is said by those who study nature that doves mate for life. This is one of my favorite story poems.

“Who's there?” cried the owl to the night air.
He asked impatiently, “I say again! Who's there?”
A stony silence, then a rustle from above
“It is only I,” whispered the mourning dove.

“I have come seeking my one true love.
Have you seen him?” queried the dove.
“He went to the sunflower field today
and I fear my soul mate has lost his way.”

The owl indeed had seen her love pass
over the pine trees and across the grass.
“Oh, yes!” he cried, “Oh, yes indeed.
I tried to warn him, but he didn't heed.”

“The hunters were hiding waiting there
and they shot him down without a care.”
A silence fell as he told her his tale
and then at last a heart wrenching wail.

The owl saw her leave, she flew away
before a kind word he could utter or say.
Next morning he spied her as she flew
across the trees covered in morning dew.

A shot rang out not too long thereafter.
There arose the sound of cheerful laughter.
He bowed his solemn head in despair
for the loss of the dove and her beauty rare.

Submitted: December 02, 2009

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Oh this is sadly wonderful. Death of lovers. Mates for life. The wise owl knew their final flight. I loved this Susan. Very Good!

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 2:57am


Thank you my friend. I hope my prayers are working and that you are soon well. This is one of my favorite writes. On my website I have music behind it and it is really nice. Well get better soon and thank you. Susan :)

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 9:53am


... That is very good writing. You did a real good job on this one. You get my vote too.

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 4:48am


Hi my friend thank you for the sweet comment and the vote. Susan :)

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 9:49am

Timeless Thoughts

Nice job hon. You wrote it just right. Gary

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 4:44pm


Thank you Gary I appreciate it. Susan :)

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 9:47am

lily of the nile

Brilliant such a sad but lovely story. Lily

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 4:54pm


Thank you again Lily. Glad you liked it. Susan :)

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 9:46am


A very good write. My pleasure.

Thu, December 3rd, 2009 12:02am


Thank you so much. I am so glad you liked it. Susan :)

Wed, December 2nd, 2009 4:23pm

Brian W

This is a beautiful poem although sad in has the beauty of love in it. Well written.

Thu, December 3rd, 2009 1:07am


Thank you Brian. Hope all is well there. Cold here. Susan :)

Thu, December 3rd, 2009 1:31pm

Atton Brown

mhm...not sure wat i was expecting when i stumbled onto ur page but this poem was amazing to say the least i like how u use animals and nature tn get ur point across instead of just saying the true beauty of the world is bein destroyed. it was sad yet a testament ta true beauty. A++ chica

Thu, December 3rd, 2009 3:47am


Thank you Chica I appreciate it. Seems man and nature can't live in harmony. Susan :)

Thu, December 3rd, 2009 1:27pm


hello... this was amazing poetry well done sj

Fri, December 4th, 2009 11:10am


Thank you my friends. Been missing you guys hope all is well. Susan :)

Fri, December 4th, 2009 2:11pm


A brilliant poem. I liked it and have liked all the poems you;ve written that I've read. Great stuff :)

Fri, December 4th, 2009 6:06pm


Thank you my dear friend. Love the new picture you selected. I appreciate it very much. Susan :)

Fri, December 4th, 2009 1:41pm


Such a wonderful poem Susan. We have doves come to our bird table every day, especially now as Winter is here and I just love to watch them and admire their beauty. This was so sad but lovely at the same time. How can anyone doubt God when we have such a beautiful world. Pat x

Fri, December 4th, 2009 10:03pm


I agree Pat I have doves that nest near my house. They are such beautiful birds and I love the sound that make. I am glad you liked this write and thank you my friend for caring for them as I do. Susan :)

Fri, December 4th, 2009 2:13pm


So sad and so beautiful, it's perfectly written. jpa

Sat, December 5th, 2009 2:51am


Thank you so much jpa I appreciate you reading and the comment. Susan :)

Sat, December 5th, 2009 5:42am


Good writing, sad story, well chosen characters and the imagery you conveyed had me watching the birds flight with the owl. Nice one!

Sat, December 5th, 2009 9:51am


Thank you Paul the nature poems for me are the best to do. So much goes on in the natural world everyday and it is easy to overlook things such as this. Susan :)

Sat, December 5th, 2009 5:40am


An amazing write my dear.

Sun, December 6th, 2009 3:25pm


Thank you my friend it is always a pleasure hearing from you. Susan :)

Sun, December 6th, 2009 11:44am


So very beautiful my dear.

Sun, December 6th, 2009 4:06pm


Thank you Mrya it is always a pleasure hearing from you. Susan :)

Sun, December 6th, 2009 11:42am


Hi Susan! I just checked the home page and saw that you were being featured and had to come and say my hello and leave a nice comment for you.
Congrats! Writers like you should be more on the featured page! You write so well and I hope this continues!
I am so excited for you hehehe.

This was such a beautiful write. So well written and I literally have goosebumps on my skin.
Such a sad story and so well written with so much expressions and so many wonderful rhyming schemes.
This reminds me of your story a bit. Hopefully I am not being intervening and noisy. I mean no harm.

Mon, December 7th, 2009 7:33pm


Hi Nazire well knock me over with a bowl of chicken soup. I would never have known if you hadn't told me. You talented sweet lady thank you for reading and commenting on this poem. When I wrote it I almost cried. I love doves and other animals so this to me was hard to write. It seems others care about wildlife as much as I do. I appreciate your kindness my friend. Susan :)

Mon, December 7th, 2009 12:12pm


This is such a great poem! I love narrative poems like this, almost a lost art the narrative poem is, and it's great to see someone still writing them with such skill and heartfelt emotion. Great job!

Mon, December 7th, 2009 10:44pm


Thank you Mike I have really enjoyed reading those wonderful stories and poems you write. I am happy you liked this poem it is one of my favorite story writes. Susan :)

Mon, December 7th, 2009 8:49pm


Beautiful, truly beautiful. :)

Tue, December 8th, 2009 9:08am


Thank you so much. I do appreciated the read and the very kind comment. Susan :)

Tue, December 8th, 2009 7:26am

Nanna Marie Andersen

So sweet and a beautiful tale of eternal love... Great work!

// Nanna

Tue, December 8th, 2009 11:14am


Thank you Nanna. There are a few of the animal species that mate for life swans do as well. Once there mate dies they will not find another. I think though a sad situation it is as it should be. So glad you liked this. Susan :)

Tue, December 8th, 2009 7:25am


This is ingenious! Beautiful writing :) I do love good poems sigh :D

Tue, December 8th, 2009 2:01pm


Thank you so very much. I try my best to pull them together as best I can. Susan :)

Tue, December 8th, 2009 7:23am

Graeme Montrose

Wonderful! Well Susan it is about time you got placed here. Such a beautiful and sad story, told only the way you can with love! Well done!

Tue, December 8th, 2009 2:35pm


Hi my dear friend. Thank you. My writing compared to some of the others here is at best obscure. I am a pebble in a field of stones. I do appreciate the people here and new friends I have made through writing to me that is the best. Bless you my talented friend. Susan :)

Tue, December 8th, 2009 7:21am

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