Winter, a Micro Poetry Fable

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Arctic fox didn’t like his drab coat.

Summer grey wasn’t as lush.

He waved his tail and danced.

~

Calling the sun-dogs to the skies.

Pulling the Arctic cold down. Down.

The winter stayed too long. Too long.

~

Snowy owl came flying home.

Spring her time to come north.

Wings carried warm air sweet.

Spring flies home.

~

On the weekend Bjorn had an awesome prompt for doing a fable, which I missed, but I did a micro poetry fable about it on Twitter. I am sharing it here for OLN. It could become a future Poetics prompt, so take note 🙂 

I took the photos last year of snowy owls coming north again in early spring through southern Saskatchewan.

There are some changes happening at the dVerse Pub that will make it better for our pub tenders and poets. Stop by and see what Brian had to say about it all.

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36 Comments

  1. February 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I recently traveled to Svalbard and was amazed with the beauty of white snow covered by white skies. Your poem and photos made me remember such beauty.

    • February 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I would love to go to Svalbard.. My father once spent a whole summer on Nordostlandet.. surrounded by polarbears… and the stories were vivd..

      • February 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

        It is worth going there. I might go again soon but in summer time, to experience more of the wildlife, the midnight sun, and less snow.

      • shanyns said,

        February 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        I would love to go in summer! The images are magical!

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Wow, that sounds amazing. And not so different from here sometimes. Will have to do some Google visits there!

  2. Brian Miller said,

    February 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    very cool…i love foxes…rather playful…the calling of the sundogs as well to the skies…that is such a magic line shanyn….

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Brian! 🙂 Glad you love foxes too 🙂

  3. Truedessa said,

    February 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures captured by beautiful words..a snowy owl is so magical leading the way to spring..

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 They seem to be the first sign when it is still snowy and cold.

  4. claudia said,

    February 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    oh nice.. love the snowy owl pic…never seen one in real… and i’m waiting for spring to fly here…

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Maybe one day you can come visit and we’ll go find some! 🙂 it is so cold here again, I’m almost crying for a break. Even -10C would be balmy. 🙂

  5. kkkkaty1 said,

    February 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Nice take on the fable prompt…thank goodness for such pretty animals..

  6. February 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I loved “spring flies home” – a powerful close. Now, only if it did!!

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      It could have, perhaps, gotten lost. We should find it and send it flying home again! 🙂

  7. February 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    The snowy owl is such magic (never seen one) .. they only come occasionally to our areas (those years when we have an abundance of lemmings)…

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Oh they would like lemmings I’m sure! They are amazing birds, like most owls, but active in daytime.

  8. hanna said,

    February 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    what amazing pictures: snow on snow.
    that owl is a perfect subject for a fable.

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you! It was fun getting photos that day last year.

  9. February 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    magical white… foxes are one of my fav animals… smiles

  10. Bryan Ens said,

    February 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I can just picture that fox dancing…and yeah, winter is always too long!

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Foxes are tricky that way aren’t they? I got those owl photos down by Lewvan, south of Regina, in the big empty! C’mon spring.

  11. Grace said,

    February 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    How fun for the fox to dance, smiles ~ Well I am looking forward for spring to come home ~ Keep warm Shanyn ~

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I am doing my best. The sun is warm coming in the windows so I’ll take that for now 🙂

  12. Glenn Buttkus said,

    February 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Twitter verses can be fun; my preference are the Six Word Stories. These 3 stanzas are cohesive, and the picture they paint is vivid, indeed. The Arctic fox, the snowy owl, are lovely images; you can keep the snow.

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Six word stories are good too Glenn. Each stanza fit in a tweet 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the words and the images. And oh no, I just sent you some snow. And it is non-returnable! 😉

  13. grapeling said,

    February 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    this is really cool, Shan ~

  14. February 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Utterly charming, seemingly simple, yet beautiful and alluring – lovely!

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      🙂 Thank you! Your words brightened my day!

  15. February 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve never seen a snowy owl except in photos, your poem, and that of Mary Oliver. Re: your comment on my poem about citrus trees…I suppose that’s why so many of our friends down here are Canadians who come to escape winter–a difficult season for those of us with old bones. :0)

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      They are amazing birds! Yeah we do have a lot of snow birds! 🙂

  16. Poet Laundry said,

    February 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I like how you captured seasons here in a fabulistic style…mmm…that warm, sweet air…can’t wait!

    • shanyns said,

      February 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      thank you so much! I can’t wait for that sweet spring air either!

  17. kaykuala said,

    March 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Snow owls and foxes! What have we missed. In our part of the world we have elephants and tigers. They roam freely but very seldom come into contact with the human population. Wonderful write Shanyns!

    Hank


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