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The Owl

December 17, 2010

"Hope when things are hopeless"

I had no money to spare for presents this year

Between a funeral and school the message was clear

No work for miles and the outlook quite bleak

My loving wife’s birthday was just next week.

She went to work with a tear in her eye

Just knowing that times are not very high.

But what she didn’t know was that she had a magic man

one that could turn nothing into something grand.

Owls are her favorite creatures…

So I started to study their features.

I dug down deep and grabbed my chainsaw.

I looked around till one piece of wood started to call.

It told me that it was the owl that I seek.

Free it from the wood… for it was too weak!

I cut with reckless abandon and then tender love.

The owl appeared before me and gave my heart a shove.

I was going to make my wife wait

but that shove was given to end her pain…

and lift her spirit.

So when she came home the owl became hers

and through the tears of joy…

Her spirit lifted every time she was near it!

love shined through.

Remember always when times are tough

and what you do doesn’t seem like enough

realize that you too have the magic that this owl lends

listen…just listen to the message it sends!

“We are only limited by our imagination

and the willingness to do what needs to be done.”

Keep these words and remember we are all one.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 3:53 pm

    Your wife is a lucky woman. Owls are a favorite of mine too, so I know how thrilled she was that you set her owl free and made him hers.

    Did you really cut that with a chain saw? Holy cow.

    • December 17, 2010 5:03 pm

      She was beside her self with what I did! I never tried to carve anything before but she made a comment about this primitive looking wood carving of a bear while we were out a few months ago…she thought it was cool because it was done with a chain saw. I thought I could do better but I didn’t say anything and time passed then we watched a movie called “Clan of the Cave Bear”. We got to talking about it and she said her animal sign would probably be an owl if she was in the characters place. I asked why and she said owls always calmed her looking at them. I took her words to heart and out of desperation I pick up my chainsaw and went to work.

  2. December 17, 2010 3:53 pm

    this is a great story in poetic gest as you are a craftsman in both ways…thanks for sharing this lovely gift you gave your wife…enjoy as well(+)

  3. December 17, 2010 4:15 pm

    awww. I’ve got a tear in my eye now…That was lovely… and the Owl looks so sweet.
    I have always loved the shape of an owls face, that concave shape which makes them look so …. wise? or so…breathtakingly beautiful!!
    and yes, we are only limited by our own self -set limits, let our imaginations fly and the skies the limit…not our minds.. xPenx

  4. December 17, 2010 5:37 pm

    beautiful. who will ever feel depressed with someone like you in his/her life. its the love that counts not money.

    lovely poem, i love the way you write your poems.

  5. December 17, 2010 11:38 pm

    Just love that owl, 2zpoint 😀

  6. December 18, 2010 2:10 am

    This isn’t just a good poem, its a wise and heartfelt poem.
    Meaningful gestures like these are worth a lot more than the most expensive gifts.

  7. December 18, 2010 1:08 pm

    Great idea, massage, poetry and owl too!
    Taking pains to craft something and presenting it to your wife is a great gesture.
    Happiness is a function of brain and very little to do with money.
    Your wife is really lucky girl.
    Merry Christmas.

    • December 18, 2010 1:26 pm

      Merry Christmas Doc…I’m glad you enjoyed it! She sure did…many people forget the good stuff in life, I’m hoping this helps to remind them.

  8. December 19, 2010 1:21 am

    You may have just found your calling, Stuart! 🙂
    The owl is very cool! Hard to believe your a first-timer.
    A chainsaw…you’re kidding us, right?

    As a kind gesture to your loving wife, it’s terrific!
    I like the quote, too. Who’s is it?
    Anyway, it sure hits home. Ouch! A willingness…

    I pray you have a glad and even joy throughout the holiday season!
    Peace, UT

    • December 19, 2010 2:38 am

      No kiddin’ a Chainsaw on my first time and first piece of wood too! Strange how well it came out. The quote was just me trying to emphasize the point of telling the story is all. Glad you liked it though…and I’m glad it hits home too, you needed it to do so! LOL! Merry Christmas

      • December 19, 2010 10:48 am

        Tellin’ ya right now, Stuart, SAVE THAT QUOTE!
        (If it’s yours, why for the quotation marks?)
        That could be the sentence for which you will
        be remembered. You could use it as a motto
        or a header here on your blog or at Facebook.

        I have a feeling…we haven’t seen the last
        of your carvings. Whoo-whoo’s next?
        Not with one of my limbs, you don’t!
        Be careful with my brothers now. 😉

        MeRrY ChRiStMaS! U-whoo T

        • December 19, 2010 4:04 pm

          Many times in the past, My main point has been over looked by readers. I wanted to drive this point home by separating it from the rest of the text, so I used quotes due to the very nature of people listening when someone is speaking…seemed to work. Might save it as an after thought but I have a lot of writing to do yet!
          You’re right about the carving…I’ve almost finished a second owl to give for Christmas(looks completely different!) . I may do a wolf or two and see if there is something else out there that appeals to my interest. Need a pruning do you? heehee! don’t worry you’re miles away. I don’t take any growing trees to do this…I have more than enough fallen ones to use. Then again some of our property is being over run by cedar trees, I might use some of them …they smell great and look good too! take care!

  9. December 19, 2010 7:46 am

    Super Like My Dear..

    Wishing your wife a lovely new year!! I hope she n you enjoyed it as much as you could.. 🙂
    OWLS are my fave things. I so wish to pet them once I get to build my own house with a huge garden. I won’t en-cage them but only pray that they come n live on those shrubs.. 😀

    Very well said you, when it becomes really unmanageable, new horizons are etched just nearby so we spread our wings to explore the newer dimensions. Usually we keep fretting at the helplessness- missing all the standing opportunities in the process. My day is made..

    Sigh- I love owls!! How very well have you carved one.. Pleeeeaaaase send me one too.. 🙂
    Loads of wishes for you n all your Dear ones
    Love n Hugs xox

    • December 19, 2010 4:10 pm

      Owls seem quite popular these days, I guess I may not have noticed all the people who like them. Soooo many types more than I could even imagine. The model for this one is a tawny owl. I’m glad in made your day! Thank you for all the wishes…It is good to see you, may your days be peaceful and your nights filled with love! take care!

      • December 19, 2010 6:31 pm

        Thank you sooooooooooo much.. wishing you the same.. Hugs xx

  10. December 20, 2010 3:19 pm

    The owl just sitting there calm and serene,
    The best gift I’ve ever seen,
    Love carved all over the place,
    Your heart is evident in its face,
    Lucky her, and lucky you,
    You are blessed in all you do.

    • December 21, 2010 11:22 am

      Thank you Dan for this poem! I am honored by your words my friend.
      Here are some for you:
      Though you may take a beating…
      you are tough and never fleeting.
      You stand through all the times
      and still give to others in rhyme!
      Words could say your sorrows felt
      but you provoke thought that inspires better.
      And though the others you may not see…
      some will follow those words of yours to the letter.
      Peace be with you Dan…May this Christmas be warm inside and out.

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    December 22, 2010 4:33 am

    this is sweet treat to your love,
    a merry Christmas to you and your loving family..


    Happy new Year and Merry Christmas!

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    love your support. Thanks for the contribution to potluck poetry, link in one if you can today.

  12. December 23, 2010 8:59 am

    Lovely, absolutely lovely! So much positivity, we really can do anything we want with what we have if we just use our imagination. This is a good example of how “impossible is nothing”.

    Very enjoyable and uplifting poem! Loved the owl!

    Merry Christmas!!

  13. December 26, 2010 5:17 am

    this is so touching 2z!

    • December 27, 2010 12:45 am

      Thank you fiveloaf! Hope things are going well with you and yours may you have a great new year ahead of you!

  14. December 26, 2010 6:10 am

    I am not much of a rich-rhymer, but honestly, your rhymes work well. Merits rereads. Thanks for sharing.

  15. December 26, 2010 10:17 pm

    Just love this so much, Stuart. Not only is the poem/story wonderful but you did an amazing job on carving that beautiful owl. I love owls too–there’s something so very charming about them.

    You could take carving up for a hobby and make some money on the side with your talent!

    Lots of love…

    • December 27, 2010 12:57 am

      Thank you Gayle! the two after the first one will be on facebook in a little while …they are even better in my opinion. I’m going to have to think long and hard about selling my projects because its kinda like selling a piece of myself. I have seen what other people sale their stuff for on ebay and I just don’t think I would part with my things for that little. Not because I think they are all that great but because they are mine or something of me and I don’t like thinking of them as yard sale rubbish like what I see on ebay. I will take the matter into consideration though…Thank you for the kind complements!

      • December 27, 2010 5:21 pm

        Saw your two owls on FB. Love them so much. I understand what you’re saying about selling a part of yourself especially if you wouldn’t be able to get much money for them. And sure wouldn’t want to think of them as “yard sale rubbish”.

        You deserve all the compliments you are receiving. I know your wife must have been so surprised when she saw her owl. 🙂

  16. December 29, 2010 10:47 am

    i think that is one of the sweetest things a husband could do for his wife…and this is so emotionally written…both the gesture and this writing are beautiful!

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