Perhaps he was a Western Screech Owl
that I heard outside our bedroom window
in the early darkness before the sun
fashioned its glorious arrival.
I cannot say with conviction,
but it is certain he proclaimed his presence
with his high-pitched toots.
And what I’d like to know…
was he aware that just before
he sang his series of notes
our alarm would,
in a matter of minutes,
sound off in its circle’s ringtone?
And did he realize at this time
when most homes on the street
have not awakened,
we make our preferred dark roast
from old faithful Mr. Coffee,
then sit together in harmony
for soft conversation?
That this routine, though understated
for some, would not be the same,
would not provide the equivalent comforting
experience if one of us was not present?
I shudder to imagine such a scenario…
because this early morning moment commenced
with the toot of our neighboring friend in nature
is happening now,
and now is where I desire to be.
© Lauren Scott, baydreamerwrites.com
71 thoughts on “Toots and Circles”
Your words paint a lovely picture.
Thanks, Darlene. Nature always inspires and it doesn’t matter what time it is. 🙂
Sometimes when I observe animals engaging in what seems to be pointless routines, I wonder if they think the same thing about us… 🙂
They probably do, but we’ll never know. 🤗
It sounds like he wanted to join in your morning harmony and company. Maybe leave a little brew for him and he might come to the table. What a Beautiful gift of nature Lauren! ❣️
Next time we’ll save some brew for him, Cindy. I love owls and would’ve loved to meet him. 🙂 But thanks to him for inspiring another poem. And thanks for your wonderful words. ❤️🦉
Yes, for sure you will have to prove stuff. I am sure he will be back. They are the best and what a beautiful gift for both of you to enjoy the morning and for us to enjoy your poem which was so beautiful.💕
Thanks again, Cindy! I haven’t had time to read blogs today, so I’ll catch up with yours in the morning. Have a great evening! 💖💖
Don’t worry a thing! I too am behind!!!🙉💕
Wow Lauren such a wonderful imagination and nice to be sitting sipping hot coffee in harmony. Awesome.
Thanks so much, Kamal, and I owe it all to our adorable owl. Now, if only we could meet him! Have a lovely weekend. ❤️
Yes so true Lauren. Always welcome dear. You too have a great weekend ❤️❤️❤️❤️
HI Lauren, this sounds very peaceful and happy. It is lovely to have a visit from an owl.
Hi Robbie, thank you! Our mornings are special times for us, but it wasn’t like this when the kids were little. There are perks as the years tick by. And I love owls, so leave it to nature to inspire another poem. 🥰
I could relate to your words and thoughts Lauren. We have such visits from an owl outside our bedroom window, he sits on the pine tree and makes lovely calls, which are sometimes answered by his soulmate. They sound magical.
I’m glad you can relate to this owl experience, Balroop. They are beautiful creatures, and little did this one know the inspiration he would provide. Magical, indeed. 🥰
Exactly, my dearest Lauren… now. Treasuring the moments we’re living.
How wonderfully written. Don’t you just love those toots?! 😉
Sending many hugs and wishes for a beautiful weekend.
Yes, the moments we’re living, the here and now, and those toots are magical. Thanks for your lovely words, Marina. Once I heard “him” the poem unfolded. 🙂 Sending hugs and love back to you for a wonderful weekend. ❤️🦉❤️🦉❤️
“He” triggered what is already in your heart and … talent unfolds!
Aww, you are so kind, Marina! Thank you for your always encouraging words. Have a wonderful day! The sun is shining here and it’s glorious! Hugs! 💗🌼🌞☀️🌻
Sounds like we shared the same sunshine! 😉
Many hugs back and a wonderful week ahead!
Yay for sunshine! 😍 Wishing you a wonderful week ahead too, my dear friend. 💞💐🌻💞
So peaceful, Lauren. Thanks. 😁
I’m glad you liked the peaceful element of this poem, John. Thank you! There are perks to the kids growing up. 🙂
Yes there are.
Unlike our local mice and squirrels, I love the sound of owls. Nice poem, Lauren.
I agree, Anneli. There is something magical about owls, not to mention the inspiration they bring for writing. 🙂 Thank you!
A magical scene of owl hoots and roasted coffee beans in good company Lauren… Wonderful verse.. ❤
Thanks, Sue! They toot and hoot and it’s all magical! I love owls; they’re beautiful creatures. I’d love to meet our friend “in person.” 😊 Love and hugs to you. ❤️🌻🦉
I know whereof you speak, I’m happy to say.
I’m happy you can relate, Liz. Have a great weekend!
You, too, Lauren!
Lauren, I had to look this up. I like owls. And YouTube provided sound. Trilling sound. Western Screech Owl. 👏 A distinctive sound they said. And such a small bird! Love it.
Your poem has so much heart. You must get up so early to be in its company. How lovely you captured couple-hood in your poem. I just adore you for that. Great poetry. Great topic.
This line made me gasp: if one of us was not present? I shudder to imagine such a scenario… thanks for sharing this loveliness and pointing me to remain in NOW! Xoxo
Thanks for your lovely and insightful comment, Selma. I love owls too. They are beautiful! Yes, we get up early these days, but our mornings are not rushed because of our coffee time we share. This wasn’t always the case when the kids were around. But there are perks to when they leave the nest to spread their wings. So, mom and dad’s routine and schedule shifts and there is beauty in those changes. I know we don’t live forever, but to think of these moments without my hubby, well, I don’t want to think about. Anyway, I’m so glad you loved this poem, and that it was a reminder to live in the here and now. Stay well. Hugs xo
Thought I’d tell you about our littlest owl out in these woods.
I’ve never seen owls out on our nature-bathing walks. But late at night when nothing’s moving— not even a mouse— but me, soaking in the 🛀 I hear the consecutive hoots of owls. But only in the summer: it’s an unusual/rare owl native to Okinawa–Southernmost Island of Japan and it loves the humidity of the mountains in this area. A Ryukyu Scops (konohazuku) Owl. The smallest owl of Japan.
Rumor has it that it’s such a special owl that it’s believed to bring good luck to the person who hears that call.
And so I am. Lucky!
Always living in the now. Paying attention and living with reverence. Just like you. Bless you. Xoxo enjoy your evening 💕
I’m so glad you shared about your amazing little owl, Selma. I’m sure it’s beautiful and adorable, and if hearing its call brings good luck, well, what else could you want? 🙂 Lucky you are and paying attention, that is key. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day tomorrow. 💗🌼☀️🌞🌻
Lovely Lauren, you say so much through your words. The magical now.💕💕💕
Aww, thanks, Jane. I always appreciate your beautiful words. I miss you, so I hope you both are doing okay. Sending love and hugs. p.s. I’m not on FB often, mostly in blog land. ❤️🥰💐
Such beautiful poetry Lauren, talking about a moment in time, precious moment. We can feel it in your words. It feels so peaceful and unique!
Wishing you both a beautiful day! Love from France
Thanks so much, Marie. Your words warm my heart and I’m glad you felt the message in mine. Live in the here and now…and yes, our mornings are very peaceful. The kids are chasing and living their dreams, spreading their wings, so we can make changes. Imagine that! 🙂 Empty nesting is tough on the heart, but there has to be perks.
Sending love and hugs to you in France from CA. ❤️
Beautifully penned Lauren and imbued with such glorious imagery. happy Writing My Friend.
Thanks so much for your wonderful words, Goff. I appreciate them very much.
Happy writing to you too! 🥰
Beautiful poetry, Lauren. I. too, have an owl in my surroundings. He is perched in an old pine tree outside my window. He is so well camouflaged that I have yet to see him, but I’ll keep looking!
Thanks so much, Diane. It’s wonderful that you also have an owl friend. They’re amazing. I’d love to meet “our” owl too, so I think we’ll both keep looking! ❤️
“Now is where I desire to be.” How lovely a line that pulls together the opening sound of this piece into a present evocative moment. 🙂
Thanks for your beautiful comment, Layla. That ending kind of wrote itself. When the owl started tooting and hooting, the words flowed though. Nature does it again. 🙂 ❤️
A beautiful way to capture a moment in time, Lauren. Mr. Coffee made it real.
Thanks so much, Curt, and Mr. Coffee never disappoints. 🙂
Your words capture this moment perfectly, and beautifully, Lauren. 🥰
Aww, thanks, Jeff. I appreciate your lovely words. Nature always inspires, and I know you agree. 🥰
I can forgive and even appreciate the owl call but we had a flock of guinea fowl in India that would wake us at 4am and they didn’t last long as visitors. It was like having a marching band wake us. 🙂
I understand why you wouldn’t forgive the flock of guinea fowl, Ian! 4 am is a bit too early, especially for a marching band to visit! Luckily, “our” owl was in sync with our alarm. 🙂
Evocative and capturing…Its appeals to my imagination 😌…nice piece!
Thanks very much for your kindness! I’m happy you liked this poem. 🥰
I’m an early riser too, Lauren, and love greeting the dawn and listening to the world awaken. Owls are a joy. Now, time for a second cup of coffee. 🙂
Hi Diana, I love mornings, and then when “our” owl toots and hoots, well, there’s that inspiration for writing. 🙂 I just finished my second cup. ☕️ I’m glad you could relate to the early morning. Enjoy your day! ❤️
It’s good to live in the moment sometimes.
Yes, it is. Thanks for stopping by, Binky.
Soooo lovely, The soothing words in poetic fashion help the reader be there with you and your companion – and the owl – in this beautiful early morning ritual.
Thanks, Pam. I wish we could’ve met that owl. But the early mornings, enjoying our coffee, are the perks to the kids chasing their dreams. ❤️
An amazing wakeup call! Nature is something to behold, isn’t it!
It sure was, Mark, and yes it is. Nature inspired yet another poem. Thanks for stopping by. 😊
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A truly beautiful poem 💖✨💕
Thanks so much for your kind comment. 💗