2019 Poetry Competition Runner-up

“Strix aluco” by Nikki Robson

Among the moss brushed from the north side of the roof

– an owl pellet.  

Brownish grey, one end more rounded than the other,

hard, but it prised apart easily in my fingers,

gave up the nightly diet of rodent, bird and bug. 

 

In Shetland, Jan found a seal’s tooth in one,

washed it clean and kept it, always, in his wallet. 

He’d never seen, he said, such a prize in Poland. 

 

I knew exactly when she had perched. Endlessly awake, 

I too had stomach acid too weak to digest what lay ahead, 

I too gagged on the bones.

 

Her quivered hoot beside me only once, 

so uncommonly close I almost felt the flap of folding wings 

as she regurgitated the unpalatable, 

disguised a gift amongst the moss to unwrap 

on the very day I needed a shiver of eternity.

2 thoughts on “2019 Poetry Competition Runner-up

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s