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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019

Richard Kakol
Geeling, Victoria, Australia

Much Ado About Owls

A troupe of travelling players is in town for the weekend. They are presenting Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in the Botanic Gardens. We sit on folding chairs in the shade of a pine, while the rom-com unfolds in a patch of summer sunshine between the trees. The actors' voices mingle with bird calls, children playing in the park, distant traffic sounds, the sea breeze rustling through treetops. One avian visitor makes an impression on the audience. It looks much like an owl.

a tawny frogmouth
moves from tree to tree
amid the foliage
poetry over our heads

Author’s Note: Tawny frogmouths are stocky birds often mistaken for owls because of their nocturnal habits.



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