Mesa del Muerta

Mesa del Muerta

A Poem by barleygirl
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inspired by book: I Heard the Owl Call My Name

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On forbidden Mesa del Muerta
a convincing zephyr reeks
hard berries of bitter juniper
a tongue-lashing tincture
from an owl that calls her name
ghosting a gray gibbous moonset.

Beneath indifferent billows
sorry moss strands sway
cloudy cinder streaks whine
final fading leaves chatter
owl solemnly summons him
into oblivious opalescence.

A puddle of curdled yesterdays
festooned by muddled mushrooms
down along the parched reservoir
as dandy driftwood drifts away
the owl hoots all their names
to a burdensome frosty sky.

Loon-like, flighty and fragile
searching for ferns loudly shirring
I don’t know anything anymore
waiting peevishly for vexing owl
why won’t the owl call my name
I could die so content right now.

© 2021 barleygirl


Author's Note

barleygirl
The book "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" refers to one's death being forecast by the owl, as demonstrated thru a loving story steeped in the Native American culture along the BC coast about a hundred years ago.

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Must be a amazing book dear Margie.
"Loon-like, flighty and fragile
searching for ferns loudly shirring
I don’t know anything anymore
waiting peevishly for vexing owl
why won’t the owl call my name
I could die so content right now."
I loved the closing lines. The complete poem was wonderful. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I must've read about 100 books in 2020 & this was by far the most amazing book I read. I was led to .. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

Good morning my friend. Good books make me write too. Hello dear Margie. I am always reading. Keep m.. read more



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After reading this, I have put the book on my wish-list. Birds do seem to have incredible connections with life and death somehow.

Posted 1 Week Ago


being a Bunny the owl's hoot has always been a death knell, my reflexes aren't what they used to be these days... sooner or later he is going to out swoop me:/ but in truth, that knell is always so invigorating:) I will someday meet that warren in the sky but till then I'm gonna dash and dance upon the pages till they take away my keyboard dear Margie!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

This is one of your best reviews! I love it! Sorry to threaten you, Bunny, which reminds me of livin.. read more
Muddled mushrooms, you say? That explains it. Do enough of those things and owls aren't the only things you'll hear calling your name.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

At this point in winter, every damn confabulation is calling my name, but owl is nowhere among them... read more
Oh so well written poem here... And the information afterwards. I will look for that book. Currently I am searching for a book named' unwomanly face of war' by Svetlana Alexievich... But this poem has a sad undertone...

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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I looked into the book you mention & it feels satisfying becuz so often I notice that books about "m.. read more
A very impressive piece, I should stop being surprised that you amaze me because you do so consistently bring me delight. No one else could turn a phrase like "a puddle of curdled yesterdays". You constantly remind me why I love you.
I read the frog thing too BTW, it was awesome but I struggled on a comment.

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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

The thing that makes your reviews so special is how you often quote some line in the poem & it happe.. read more
I bought Margaret Craven's book for pennies at a village fete probably six, seven years ago and have wept over it and learned from it time and time over, Margie. Your extraordinary poem honours its author and somehow shows more but in another voice.

The end of the book, where Peter the carver sits on the top step of his house in the dark night... is one of the most comforting 'Beautiful' I've ever read. In a different key your final stanza shows and gives more than.. thank you, dear friend.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

One of life's great pleasures is sharing something like this book, which meant so much to me, & you .. read more


... An impressive poem indeed and inspired by a book I need to get my hands on .. thanks for the introduction Margie .......... (NUGS) fondly, Neville

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

This book is of the caliber of "The Alchemist" . . . can be read multiple times to draw more & more .. read more
I will have to read that book
Certainly Owls populate our area but they seem to have disappeared over the winter.
Probably can't hack all the GD rain BG
They haven't called me yet, but hoot hoot knows

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

Only 140 pgs . . . you won't OD if you're not a big book reader. I slammed it in 6 hours -- my way t.. read more
Dave Brown

2 Weeks Ago

Klahowya Tillicum
the owl is much wiser than we humans...it knows so much that we don't...
and tries to guide us in our darkness...but we don't listen.
and those loons on Golden Pond...call our name...but we are too looney to listen to them either.
I am becoming an old coot...hoot owl maybe.
More wisdom, less time...and too much seclusion.
j.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

You must've read my mind. I almost wrote a loon into this. I hate to be the one to break it to ya, b.. read more
Must be a amazing book dear Margie.
"Loon-like, flighty and fragile
searching for ferns loudly shirring
I don’t know anything anymore
waiting peevishly for vexing owl
why won’t the owl call my name
I could die so content right now."
I loved the closing lines. The complete poem was wonderful. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

2 Weeks Ago

I must've read about 100 books in 2020 & this was by far the most amazing book I read. I was led to .. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

Good morning my friend. Good books make me write too. Hello dear Margie. I am always reading. Keep m.. read more

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