My bird-poem diary: Listening to Simon Morton talk about Moreporks on National Radio

Listening to Simon Morton talk about Morepork on National Radio

I was driving to the supermarket

when I heard Simon Morton on the radio

talking about the morepork.

 

Moreporks sit up on the line by the studio

in the dark, twitching their heads

to get a better look at Michael.

All they really want to do is

swoop and scoop

that tasty moth flapping

at the window.

 

I didn’t know the tips

of their wings were the softest feathers

so they can fly through

the night without a sound,

 

or they can turn their heads

from the front to the back

one hundred and eighty degrees,

 

or Australians think they

sound like boobooks,

 

or that the laughing owl

hasn’t been since 1914.

 

I came home with apples and butter

for apple crumble,

and a big question, so what did

the laughing owl sound like?

 

 

 

Note from Paula. This is what the Laughing owl looked like:

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