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Snowy Owl Snarls Traffic in Saskatoon
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Glen Sorestad


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Where did you come from, my splendid winged one?
Just passing through enroute to harry fields teeming
with mice and voles, your nocturnal vittles?
What a strange perch you chose, this asphalt patch
of road to alight, the mayhem of motorists, here,
in the driveway entrance to a shopping mall.
Look around, snowy star! You’ve managed to do
what even traffic lights rarely can with certainty --
backed traffic to a standstill with your presence.
Rare sight that you are on any road at any time,
your sudden presence has changed the tenor
of the day, slowed the rush, brought the police
to direct traffic and ensure your safety, summoned
wildlife people to attend to your needs. A tiny moment,
a respite from the usual urban ennui, a news item,
a driver’s anecdote, a curiosity, quickly forgotten.
Still, perhaps there’s a smidgeon of comfort we
can glean from your visit, that despite our failures
and seeming lack of will to do what’s right,
this day suggests that hope manifests itself in
most unexpected places and wondrous ways.

by Glen Sorestad.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of over twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. His latest book of poems is Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest(Lamar University Press, 2015) Sorestad served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, Glen was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.

 


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Beautiful poem; thank you for sharing this unusual happening. I hope the lovely 'snowy star' found sustenance. Judy
Posted 01/09/2012 04:56 PM
dotief@comcast.net:
Man, that was great! What an uplifting feeling you have shared! I especially love the last 4 lines. What a great message! Great start to my day!
Posted 01/09/2012 10:12 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
It's a joy to read a poem that is unabashedly reverent. Thank you, Glen Storestad, for writing it.
Posted 01/09/2012 06:01 AM
nadia ibrashi:
What a lovely poem
Posted 01/09/2012 04:23 AM


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