Poetry on Odyssey: Notre Dame L’Jolie Hibou-Our Lady, The Beautiful Owl
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Poetry on Odyssey: Notre Dame L’Jolie Hibou-Our Lady, The Beautiful Owl

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Poetry on Odyssey: Notre Dame L’Jolie Hibou-Our Lady, The Beautiful Owl
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From the density of branches

Peer gleaming, quiet eyes

A soft hoot from beneath, mentioned

No louder than a sigh


On velvet wings, with strings of silver

A whoosh of beauty goes

Lands on a tree branch set a quiver

Its plumage in the breeze lightly blows


Feathers, iridescent, strike awe into the fields

This pretty raptor finds herself, from below

Enraptured to furry creature who to her talons yield

The last words they whisper: “Notre Dame, L’Jolie Hibou!”


This poem is about the deadliness of beauty. Sometimes we are so distracted by what we see, or rather what we think we see in someone or something, that--like the furry meals eaten by the owl--we are unable to escape the deadly talons.

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