Wisdom Song

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Wisdom Song

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Proverbs 13:20

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.•*¤ OWL ¤*•.

O Vixen, with thy ruddy pelt

all marred with marl and ash –

Thou Brier Dancer lithe and svelte!

Thou Brier Dancer Brash:

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O Vixen, as you take thy leave

amid the pale loosestrife –

What wisdom would’st thou give to me?

A little would suffice.

.•*¤ FOX ¤*•.

O Barrèd Owl full-swathed in sweet

redolent nettle leaves –

O Barrèd Owl with plumes of wheat,

This, shall I give to thee:

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The willow with her weeping branch

who sways so mournfully:

Wish not that she would stop or stanch,

for weeping sets one free.

.•*¤ OWL ¤*•.

O Wolf with bracken mizzled mane

and gaze of hoary hue –

Thou Shadow Slinker, shepherd’s bane!

Thou Shadow Slinker True:

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O Wolf as you bed down this eve

‘neath pungent marshland spice –

What wisdom would’st thou give to me?

A little would suffice.

.•*¤ WOLF ¤*•.

O Barrèd Owl full-swathed in sweet

redolent nettle leaves –

O Barrèd Owl with plumes of wheat,

This, shall I give to thee:

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As dusk’s last light fades into night,

look to the twink’ling skies –

There glowing bright, day shrouded sight,

beacon in darkling guise.

.•*¤ OWL ¤*•.

O Raven with thy hardened beak

and eyes as black as coal –

Thou Harbinger of Woodlands, deep!

Thou Harbinger of Souls –

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O Raven in thy lofty keep

of braided limbs precise –

What wisdom would’st thou give to me?

A little would suffice.

.•*¤ RAVEN ¤*•.

O Barrèd Owl full-swathed in sweet

redolent nettle leaves –

O Barrèd owl with plumes of wheat,

This, shall I give to thee:

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With more than eyes needs must attend:

thus, be-thou not betrayed!

A kiss sheathed as a lover’s friend

may oft be used to sway.

.•*¤ MOUSE ¤*•.

O Barrèd Owl with silent flight

and shrieks that pierce the bone –

Thou Ageless Specter of the Night!

Thou Ageless, Breathing Tome:

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O Barrèd Owl, indulge-thou me –

though pulse and blood entice!

What wisdom would’st thou give to me?

A little would suffice.

.•*¤ OWL ¤*•.

O Doughty Mouse with valour rife,

This, shall I give to thee:

Despise-thou not the storms of life,

for tearfall sets us free.

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To love the stars, thou first must know

a deep and boundless night.

Though many guises Love doth show,

not all shall bring delight.

.•*¤ MOUSE ¤*•.

O Barrèd Owl, one morsel more.

Do not thou-me despise!

How can this beast of earthen floor

aspire to be so wise?

.•*¤ OWL ¤*•.

O Doughty Mouse, thou e’er must seek

to store what Wisdom lends.

This Barrèd Owl would nothing be

without her learnèd friends.

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© 04/15/2015 L.C.Sutherland

contributors: L.M.Shockley, L.Daniels, A.R.Boatman

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