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In the Garden

The Scarecrow asked the owl
‘Can you count
the roses in your garden?’
‘Flowering is quick now’,
the owl replied;
‘there are sixty-three roses
and twenty buds.’

And the Scarecrow asked
‘When will the dew fall?
The sharp dew, I mean.’

‘Three roses later.’


The Owl to the Owl-Chicks

You don’t need to navigate 
At night, the owl told them.
The night is a river
And you must sit it out.
Perch well;
get your claws around it
and then relax
and watch the night flow by. 


The Owl’s Advice 

But when he was not in such a 
philosophical mood, the owl
could be practical.
You have to be watchful by night.
Do you understand that?
Be very, very careful!
There are many dangers:
There are foxes, there are cats.
There are pinemartens
and there are bats.

And during the day,
men are around and nasty boys
who have catapults for toys. 

The chicks asked
‘When can we be careless?’


(From The Scarecrow and the Ghost, New Delhi: Rupa & Co. 2004)

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