At Half Moon Pond
in our tent late at night,
we hear three barred owls
call over and over,
mythical owls of Athena.
Next day at the sculpture studio,
an artist carves an owl
from pure white marble,
if only the owls could know,
that now they’re almost immortal.

George Longenecker’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Bryant Literary Review, Evening Street Review, Gyroscope Review, Main Street Rag, Cooweescoowee and Mountain Troubadour. His book Star Route was published by Main Street Rag. He’s president of The Poetry Society of Vermont.