His owl eyes – Sarah L Dixon

His owl eyes

His owl eyes
are wide
and marked in tree circles.

As if he records the years,
the places he has flown
through knowing irises,
or becoming lighter
with each encounter.

He flies back, daily,
always back to this tree,
where my branches stretch out,
support for his tired limbs.

As he witnesses more years
he will visit this tree less often.

Now the circles observe
his Christmas visits
and this tree feels older
than the number you would find
if you felled her.


Sarah L Dixon lives in Huddersfield and tours as The Quiet Compere. Her second book,
Adding wax patterns to Wednesday was released by Three Drops Press in November
2018. Sarah’s inspiration comes from adventures with eight-year-old, Frank.

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