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Alex L

The Explorer

" through the moonlit landscape the wind howls"

the owl prepares for the midnight flight his strong wings take him through the frigid air until the appearance of morning light his large glowing eyes are ever aware eyes that can spy anything that’s below in the midst of the trees he sees a house through the window the firelight’s aglow there’s a hole in the wall fit for a mouse through the moonlit landscape the wind howls on the forest floor there is a feather inside a cave an animal growls as he flies through the cold winter weather every night and year after year he soars he’s ever exploring the great outdoors

“The Explorer” is my favorite poem I wrote this year. It is about an owl that flies every night and observes what he sees. The owl that comes to my house every evening inspired me to write this poem. He sits on top of the gazebo and observes everything he sees. My poem is a sonnet.

“The Explorer” is my favorite poem because it is a sonnet and has rhythm. It is almost like a song and sounds beautiful when it is read out loud. I like that the poem has many details and describes exactly what the protagonist sees- “in the midst of the trees he sees a house.” Two of the three quatrains are devoted to describing what is observed. I also like how I wrote about the owl’s eyes- “his large glowing eyes are ever aware.”

I only wrote one draft, but the writing process was long. It did not come easily. Since a sonnet has to have ten syllables per line, I struggled to find the right words. I had to think carefully about each word. If I found that fit, it might not be the best choice. To make my poem better, I changed “he will be exploring the great outdoors” to “he’s ever exploring the great outdoors.”

My favorite line in “The Explorer” is “through the moonlit landscape the wind howls.” I can imagine the trees swaying in the wind and the silver moonlight shining on them. I think it is better to say, “through the moonlit landscape the wind howls” than “the wind howls through the moonlit landscape.” Another line I like is “his large glowing eyes are ever aware.” This phrase makes me feel like the owl is watching me.