Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Prince of Darkness"



Prince of Darkness

December's night breeze
rustles the leaves, rumples
forest's underbelly

betraying sanctuary's silence.

A haloed bronze statue
shines upon bared branches,
hears the pious prayers

of deliverance;

with angelic wings swoops down,
unearths the devout. Yet even
the Prince of Darkness gives thanks

before devouring his evening meal.

by Margaret Bednar, December 3, 2013


This is linked with Poet's United "Verse First - The Owl".  

21 comments:

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Margaret,

A great poem giving praise for the being of The Prince of Darkness. Nicely crafted....

Eileen

grapeling said...

and the head turning all the way round!

good response to the prompt, Margaret ~

Kathryn said...

This has such a great feel to it and I love thinking the forest has an underbelly.

barbara l. hale said...

Just beautiful!

Fireblossom said...

That owl is much the awesome, just like your closing lines.

TexWisGirl said...

awww.

Jeanne said...

Awesome shot of this gorgeous owl. Also love your poem!

Ella said...

Gorgeous view and I love your ending~ I was waiting for the hoot!

Mary said...

What a beautiful photo here, Margaret! Amazing to be able to capture the look of an owl THAT clearly.

Brian Miller said...

ha. what irony in those closing lines...that even the prince of darkness gives thanks for his meal...

alan1704 said...

A very cute and lovable prince of darkness! love it.

HannahJo said...

All the years i knew you, i never had a true appreciation for your artistry. i've been needing more of your motherly inspiration lately. <3 -hannah lashuay

gila_mon said...

I want to echo Brian's comment - pondering a grateful Prince of Darkness - what angelic features can remain in the demons of night? So fun to contemplate.

Susan said...

Ha! Profound truths in this poem, Margaret! And should he/she eat the evil and tainted? No! Gratitude.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a fantastic owl photo. Wowzers! Love your poem about the Prince of Darkness. I love it that he is grateful for his meal.

Pealogic said...

I loved the religious imagery

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Great photo! How did you get him to look straight at you?!

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Really the 'prince of darkness'. Its very presence awakens the night.
Nicely written ..:-)

Sumana Roy said...


the prince of darkness is gorgeous
.....like the lines of the poem :)

Panchali said...

Brilliant...especially I loved the concluding lines :)

Akila G said...

profound! an uplifting close.