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The Reading Owl Kingdom, a poem by Norbert Krapf

Editor's Note: Today, March 1, is Read Across America Day.

The Reading Owl Kingdom
by Norbert Krapf

Once there was an owl
who after cataract surgery
instead of going on the prowl
would read books in his tree.

This reading owl would sit on high
and read and devour book after book
and believe you me this is no lie
they called his corner The Book Nook.

Other critters who didn’t sleep at night
would crawl, scamper, or fly on over
to see a reading owl so very bright
he would read books cover to cover.

Pretty soon all the denizens of those woods
came to be known for the legendary wisdom
that brought others into their neighborhood
to witness the wise old reading owl’s kingdom.

Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate, has recently published his 12th poetry collection, The Return of Sunshine, about his Colombian-German-American grandson. He is completing a collection of poems for children and a prose memoir about his writing life, Homecomings.