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: