John Haines 1924 –2011 — Solitude and Sincerity / Scott Edward Anderson’s Poetry Blog

John Haines in 1996 (LIN MITCHELL / Daily News file)

If the Owl Calls Again

at dusk from the island in the river, and it’s not too cold, I’ll wait for the moon to rise, then take wing and glide to meet him. We will not speak, but hooded against the frost soar above the alder flats, searching with tawny eyes. And then we’ll sit in the shadowy spruce and pick the bones of careless mice, while the long moon drifts toward Asia and the river mutters in its icy bed. And when the morning climbs the limbs we’ll part without a sound, fulfilled, floating homeward as the cold world awakens.

Solitude & Sincerity: RIP John Haines, 1924–2011

Alaska poet John Haines dead at 86 after fall in Fairbanks

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