Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

If I Were an Animal

Spring Poetry Contest - Top Ten Finalist 
Nels Hanson

Great horned owl at night
I soar, beat quick, no noise,
pick out with x-ray eyes

 jackrabbit, glide yards near
ground, no shadow, claws
clasp fur shoulders, dawn

sail to crow-black sleep till
dark. California quail my
topknot droops, left eye,

right, swept back as I run,
fly last resort, daylight eat
dewed seeds, dusk hurry

to orange tree, two coveys
thrumming in one dream.
Pheasant hen, these dun

feathers at breast, throat,
face I nest in dead weeds
my color, no red mask or

pretty cock’s white neck
ring. Brown bear in High
Sierra I wait underground

with frozen grass for April,
listen to a snowflake fall,
another, another, losing

count. Tan white-tailed
deer I leave pine forest
for low oak hills, green

grass sweet, rain below
snowline. Cinnamon teal
exact shade of my name

I escape south, back by
March. Monarch I ascend
Pacific Coast, sip milkweed,

in eucalyptus groves hang
in scaled orange sheets
like these shingled wings

by great owl going, coming
with sun, stirring all eyes
as wind stirs sharp leaves.