“Owls, babies….




owls, baby 2

(unfinished painting of baby owls by the author)

Haibun posted for dversepoets.com

Almost every evening we hear owls…hoot owls, barred owls, who know what lurks out there.  Spring is when you hear the symphony of warble.

I remember years ago , when I first heard an owl very near the chicken coop.  I grabbed a rake and ran into the  coop with the hens.  I had no idea what monster lurked outside in the trees.  Turns out it was a hoot owl…6 inches high.  I stood guard for an hour.

In the spring you look for the songbirds, sitting on tender branches with tight little buds, unfurled yet, but soon to be colorful and scented.

The season of rebirth, the season of hope is contained in each bud.  It brings expectation to the heart.


Wildlife creeps in

Coyotes bark, owls hoot

We share the landscape





Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018

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42 Responses to ““Owls, babies….”

  1. Maureen Sudlow Says:

    a beautiful beginning. I look forward to seeing this painting finished


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Me, too. But don’t hold your breath. I have some work ahead of this one. Thank you, Maureen. I love the baby owls.

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  3. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    Weak? I think not. I like how you describe several aspects of spring before diving into the tree buds, and the lovely haiku. I kinda hooted at the thought of you in with the chickens, protecting them with a rake!

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Hooted?? Scared out of my mind! Had never heard a hoot owl up close (he was about 30 feet up in an oak tree) and I was terrified. The hens weren’t acting like Braveheart either. When I hear an owl, I remember night and I get a flutter in the heart. LOL! Thank you, Victoria.

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  5. kanzensakura Says:

    I too look forward to seeing this painting finished. I have to laugh at you with the take as I remember the first time I heard a hoot owl. I was convinced murder was being done and called 911. The young deputy that came to investigate could barely control his glee as he said, ma’am, that’s a hoot owl you’re hearing. Years later I still laugh at myself.

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  6. kanzensakura Says:

    Btw…as usual I love your writing and the haiku is perfection.

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    That made me Laugh Out Loud, Toni! They are horrible sounding! I can certainly understand your perception. I have never heard such a barbaric sound. Certainly not from a tiny owl, but I am wrong. I love your story about the deputy. So goes life and glad it does. And yes, I am starting to work on that little painting of the baby owls. I’m shamed into it.


  8. ladynyo Says:

    You are tooo kind, Toni. I am so under the weather since the flu (I got pneumonia later) I don’t know what in hell I’m writing nowadays. But thank you, dear friend. Your comments really lift my spirits. Bless you.


  9. sarahsouthwest Says:

    I like the idea that we share the world with other creatures, and I love the idea of you protecting your chickens. They aren’t the most self-preserving of creatures, are they?

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    No, they are not. That painting I did (and didn’t finish) of the baby owls are great predators. Given a few months when they fledge, chicken will be on the menu. Thank you Sarah.


  11. Frank Hubeny Says:

    I saw my first owl in the wild only a few weeks ago. It was a surprise. We do share the landscape with a lot that we barely realize is out there.

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  12. kanzensakura Says:

    Blessings to you as well dear friend. I have finally posted my haibun on dVerse.

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  13. ladynyo Says:

    i’ll read it tomorrow morn, my eyes are shot and ,my brain not too far behind.


  14. ladynyo Says:

    Yes we do. And when we cut down trees and destroy their habitat, we have no reason to complain about the coyotes, possums, etc. City of Atlanta 5 years ago in their monumental stupidity cut down 9 acres behind me. They let it waste until the kudzu grew and overtook our fences, etc. Stupid, stupid people. Now? it’s still a brown field back there but the owls, hawks, peregrines etc, including the raccoons, opossums, rabbits, etc. have now place to nest and raise their babies. One stupid neighbor shot 9 times into an opossum in her front yard. The police only asked her why it took 9 bullets. This is what we get when society has closed itself off from nature. I am sickened by the cruelty of ignorance. I had a possum come eat with my cats outside, and he was a smart one. He saw the cats come in the front door, and one night I heard scratching and he was out there trying to come in. LOL~ I gave him (tossed him) and orange, and the next morning, it was perfectly cleaned out…and the skin of the orange wasn’t torn up at all. Unfortunately, my dogs killed him in the back yard. They are nocturnal beings and sadly two of my dogs killed him. I gave him a decent burial in the cat plot. There were few mourners…

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  15. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar Says:

    Wonderful painting, lovely images from protecting the hens and the songbirds signaling rebirth! Haibuns are my favorite!


  16. rothpoetry Says:

    We would probably be amazed if we knew how many critters we share the environment! Loved your 0wl story!

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  17. ZurkPoetry Says:

    What a beautiful painting! And I love the contrast between dark night birds and springtime songbirds 😊

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  18. Singledust Says:

    i enjoyed reading of your courageous walk into that scary situation and smiled with the silly you felt too. your final paragraph in the haibun is like micropoetry, stunningly descriptive all on its own.

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  19. ladynyo Says:

    Wow…thank you. I usually don’t get such an analytical crit and I really appreciate it. I was trained up on ‘flashers’ a 100 or 200 word story, not just a scene and also in some Japanese forms…so that helps. We are too verbose I believe. I know I am. And yes, how silly I was. He was 6 inches tall….couldn’t eat me and I don’t think he was a threat to the chickens, but so it goes. Thank you, singledust.

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! Almost no one sees the paintings, and I wonder why. They generally are the generators of the poetry but I guess people don’t see the art. Perhaps they don’t think the artwork has much to do with poetry, but I was a landscape and animal painter long before I ever attempted poetry. I really appreciate anyone who comments on the artwork. There are no Chinese walls between poetry and art. Thank you for your seeing the painting (unfinished….I loved the attitude of the baby owls…) and thank you for reading this haibun!.

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  21. ladynyo Says:

    Ah piss…I lost my comment. Thank you for reading and I agree with you. So many critters out there….3 miles from Atlanta downtown. Possums and a fat, glossy raccoon who thinks he is a dog. Thank you, Dwight.

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  22. ladynyo Says:

    Me, too, Margaret. Haibuns are a wonderful form. And thank you for ‘seeing’ the painting. Most readers don’t and I wonder why. I was a painter long before I attempted poetry. It’s usually my generator to write.


  23. rothpoetry Says:

    Ha Ha! I hate when it does that!! I have the same and last week found a dead possum under my deck! Thank you!

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  24. ladynyo Says:

    Ugh. My property is a pet cemetery. After almost 50 years here, it would become such. I am sorry for the dead possum and I am sorry you had to find it. Such is life with wildlife.

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  25. rothpoetry Says:

    It was recycled in the woods!

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  26. ladynyo Says:

    yep, I did that with the last dead possum. Broke my hand and couldn’t dig a grave for him….or her. They did kill a young possum and I looked at the perfect toes on it and cried.

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  27. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Oh what a story with you fighting the monsters with a rake, but I do love the spring with those buds waiting… great haibun

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  28. ladynyo Says:

    LOL…someone called me silly, and I guess I was, but I was terrified nonetheless. thanks for reading.


  29. rothpoetry Says:

    They are amazing creatures!

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  30. Singledust Says:

    you do the minimalist form very good and like you I can get caught up with words and expression with words. 6 inches and full of fight I would say! the tinier they are the more terror they seem to deliver. I loved reading your haibun with its humour and wit.

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  31. ladynyo Says:

    LOL. yes, the tinier they are, the more terrifying they seem. And they are LOUD. Thank you, Singledust. Funny, I’m actually a novelist, and have written about 5 since 1990. I’m publishing my first novel (poetry has been a large distraction from novel writing….and something I am only 10 years or so in the making) in a few months. it took me 10 years to write this, and the only thing to do is write a number of them at the same time. Lol. But poetry, especially Japanese form is a discipline that I love and am only beginning to plumb. We all in the WEst are verbose. It’s good to reform ourselves. LOL. Humor is something I think essential, even in tragedy, and it makes scenes go down easier. I hope. There is a lot to laugh at in this world.

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  32. ladynyo Says:

    Yes they are. And they don’t carry rabies; I’ve had a few invade my home..found one baby on the staircase years ago, and they do cry tears, and I put a shovel under him and took him out to the woods in back. They have a terrible smell when they faint…but it’s funny to watch them come back: first the ears start to wiggle, then the nose, then the paws, and Presto Chango…their alive!

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  33. Singledust Says:

    congratulations on your upcoming publication and look forward to reading more of your short verse and precise poetry….best wishes Gina.

    P/S there’s lots ot laugh at in this world i agree, usually laughing at myself!

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  34. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Gina. Ten years in the writing and it will be published on Amazon. I’m too lazy to look for another publisher. LOL. Probably it’s best for us to laugh at ourselves. Especially poets and writers. We are a weird bunch.

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  35. Singledust Says:

    yes lots of authors go to Amazon, it’s less hassle I have been told. i self published last year, a tiny little book on smashwords but i felt empowered after doing it, something i promised myself to get done. We are a weird and maybe quite insane lot and understand each other’s madness.

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  36. ladynyo Says:

    Hell Yes. It is so good to have a tribe….even a straggling one. LOL. How did you find smashwords? And yes, I have published 6 books on Lulu.com and Amazon.com. I wouldn’t use Lulu again…Amazon is so much better. I published “White Cranes of Heaven” on Lulu and they don’t tell you that they don’t have an inhouse printer. This was back in 2011 I think. I had 12 photos of paintings I had painted and Lulu charged 30,00 for the book. Yikes. I ended up buying for people and I won’t do that again. Too pricey. found that I could have done the same thing on Amazon for less than half that price. Sigh.

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  37. ZurkPoetry Says:

    I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t see how beautiful your paintings are! Maybe though we get a bit used to blogs using images that aren’t their own so while we appreciate them we forget to comment on them? I really like the way you use your artwork to complement your poem, or maybe the other way round! It reminds me of a short story that I don’t really remember, but it had a room filled with interesting paintings and each one corresponded to a poem, and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Having the two linked together helps me to understand both a bit better. And you’re a really good artist 😊

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  38. Singledust Says:

    Smashwords was easy to set up, though I did have help from a fellow blogger living close by in Malaysia. The instructions were simple and you have a chance to play with fonts and images etc. the link back to the site was also very stable and I had many hits very quickly when I first launched it. sadly I am very lazy and so behind on promoting it further but every once in awhile I put a link in my posts and I get some downloads and activity there. I published it as a Free ebook and was happy with the results. I have a novel I started in 2016 and am keen to get back to that. It’s a rough draft with a convulated story line that I don’t want to give up on!! So I may go with Amazon the next time as another blogger has used it with wonderful results and least hassle. I have never heard of Lulu and would certainly not want to fork out that kind of money to get my book circulated, i applaud your generosity! I went back to look at some of your posts and saw your artwork, I did not know they were yours! You are so gifted! The wildlife paintings are gorgeous, I can’t draw a fish for heaven’s sake!


  39. ladynyo Says:

    LOL…drawing fish is Hard. LOL. I wondered about people who read my posts, poetry, chapters of different books. Were they blind? Or did they just not believe I would be one who could paint? Ahhh…it was very frustrating until one comment was pure nastiness. “Are you a poet or a painter? Or are you just self-promoting?” That hurt. I have had a few like that, but I generally delete them as fast as they come in. Which is rather rare now. Dverse folk don’t seem to realize that I have been a wildlife/landscape painter for 35 years. They are ‘surprised’ when I point out that many of my poems are because of the inspiration of a particular painting, but I generally just post with dverse twice a month or maybe catch some haibuns. One person there asked me to send a scan of a painting (she wanted to study it) and then I never heard from her what she ‘learned’ from it. I have had a couple of paintings ‘stolen from my blog and then the thief has come back and bragged about having a ‘sofa-sized’ painting for behind their sofa. Scammers do that mostly. It’s a tough world out there. I applaud you Gina, for working on a novel. I know the drive and the excitement in doing so. Frank Hubeny and I have been talking privately about ‘muses’ (I don’t believe in them, but how characters spring to life and it seems we just sit back and are scribes for them. LOL. Yes, use Amazon by all means. It’s a good place to publish. I am too lazy by far to promote my own 6 books but I have to break out of that. I need to find a good online group that writes novels. I love poetry, but it is a different breed than novels. Novels are the whole meal. Burp.

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  40. ladynyo Says:

    WOW. Thank you so much! It used to frustrate me when no one would comment on the paintings (I have been a wildlife and landscape painter (self taught until I decided to go to Scotland to paint…to Edinburgh Univer. but couldn ‘t sit still in a classroom as the countryside is so gorgeous and left to paint in the rain for 3 weeks. LOL) So, I am still self-taught….but I think that is mostly the way landscape artists, etc. become so. I really appreciate people noticing the paintings because I would like to get back to painting more full time. Writing (and writing novels) has taken up the last 10 years and I do miss painting but it’s funny: every time I start a new painting, I stare at the canvas or paper and can’t think of anything I’ve learned. LOL. It’s like starting out totally new. I guess other artists face the same phenom. but it passes. Once you get into the painting (or drawing first) you lose your fear and inability (you have it inside but you just don’t trust it…) and you are fine. Anyone can force themselves to draw and then to paint. I do believe that drawing is the fundamental way into a painting and it stands on its own. Thank you so much for one, noticing the paintings….and your very lovely and encouraging comment. And you are so right. Having the two linked together helps to understand the text and the painting. Nothing is born in a vacuum.

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  41. Singledust Says:

    thank you for your encouragement on the book Jane, I am hoping to be less distracted but working full time and juggling family responsibilities doesn’t afford me much time for creativity. I know too well the heartache when our work is used without permission and with such audacity to refer to it as their own can leave such a foul taste. I am so sorry you had such a painful experience from that horrid scammer! Interesting discussion on muses, i think even an object or a scent can be a muse, i always start writing with a feeling, something stirring deep inside that prompts me to reveal my thoughts. I hope you find that group, there can be so much motivation from an encouraging group of like minded souls.

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  42. ladynyo Says:

    Listen…..I had to retire early (hated my dumb job at Emory University…worked with women who were just into earrings/clothes/gossip…the original ‘mean girls’…not a thought in their empty heads. .ugh) before I could really concentrate on writing. Or really anything. So don’t sweat it. Already you are ahead of the curve. And I agree: a scent or object can be a ‘muse’.

    The most important thing is not to get distracted by scammers out there and those who don’t attempt to get to know your work in some scheme. Yesterday, a man from LinkedIn contacted me….didn’t read or go to my blog, but wanted me to ‘consider’ what his marketing company could ‘do’ for me. At a price. Packaging between $4,500-13,500.00. LOL. He couldn’t be bothered to read anything on my blog but ‘googled’ me for information. Claimed he couldn’t email me from my blog, but he wasn’t about to discuss my work. Then when I said he was rude (or crazy) he wrote back saying that he ‘wanted to help me and others’, and would want to interview me (no charge) and other friends (no charge) for his blog. He never mentioned that at all in the 2 previous emails. LOL! I don’t know whether to call him a liar or a scammer. I declined. He wasn’t literary enough to interview me. And perhaps he was pissed because I pointed out a ‘double negative’ in his first email. Anyone who claims to be able to market writers should be better than this guy. In discussing this event with a number of friends who are writers and poets, we all came to the same conclusion. These companies and agents are a dime a dozen. They actually produce very little for the money. I have been involved in such a scheme years ago by phone and email and it took some plain language to get the guy ‘gone’.

    I looked at his company and there was a lot of hoopla about this guy, but as I said: he didn’t have the chops to ‘handle’ me. I get royalties from Lulu and Amazon for my 6 books and of course they aren’t enough to live on but we don’t expect that early on Or probably later on. The point is to write from the heart. And not fall to the schemes of people such as these. Writing is a sacred universe and some, like this guy, don’t fit.

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