#13 - Owl Hoots the Plum Blossom Moon

This is a little ditty I wrote in response to a sweet poem title prompt from Ian Taylor, "Owl Hoots the Plum Blossom Moon."  It seems very timely for spring and whatnot, though it still feels like work in progress.  It did get buried in a load of other things, as this happened back in 2015.  I recently dug it up and couldn't remember the melody to the bridge -- good reason to always audio record your work! So, it I fudged my way through that here. 

Owl Hoots the Plum Blossom Moon 
thank you, Ian Taylor 

Mama doe in the meadow 
Mama doe in the meadow 
Finds a bed for the night 
Mama doe in the meadow 
Mama doe in the meadow 
Baby by her side 

Into the bush, my spotted fawn,
And you’ll rest your head until dawn 
Ooh hoo hoo Ooh hoo hoo, owl hoots the plum blossom moon 

Babe turn off the TV 
Babe turn off the TV 
All the noise and the lights 
Babe turn off the TV 
Babe turn off the TV 
And let’s go outside 

Sometimes it feels like a nightmare 
And I need a little fresh air 
Ooh hoo hoo Ooh hoo hoo, owl hoots the plum blossom moon 

And the white throated sparrow can make you cry 
And nighthawks dart like arrows in a sunset sky 

Betty June found Jesus 
Betty June found Jesus 
In a broke down shack 
Betty June found Jesus 
Betty June found Jesus 
Says he ain’t comin back
 
He says, listen girl, now listen you good 
Then he sprouted wings where he stood
Ooh hoo hoo Ooh hoo hoo, owl hoots the plum blossom moon 

 

I need a photo for this, and since I don't have any owl/blossom art at the moment, this little tablet drawing I made a while back will have to do:

6 comments

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    That is just so damn beautiful, Rita. There is something about those simple melodies, that kind of timeless quality, that has such emotional power - what you do so well. The lyrical content, the calling of the owl, so good. Thank you.

    That is just so damn beautiful, Rita. There is something about those simple melodies, that kind of timeless quality, that has such emotional power - what you do so well. The lyrical content, the calling of the owl, so good.
    Thank you.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    So glad you like it Bill, thanks! The beautiful title was given to me by Ian, so I lucked out on that.

    So glad you like it Bill, thanks! The beautiful title was given to me by Ian, so I lucked out on that.

  • Wayne Buck
    Wayne Buck
    As someone who used to hoot for owls, this hits home. Nice.

    As someone who used to hoot for owls, this hits home. Nice.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    I should have consulted you, Wayne. Can't wait to hear some more hooting from you, shooting for the summer with high hopes!

    I should have consulted you, Wayne.
    Can't wait to hear some more hooting from you, shooting for the summer with high hopes!

  •  Ian T
    Ian T
    I want to offer a belated "thank you" for putting this up.

    I want to offer a belated "thank you" for putting this up.

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    My pleasure Ian, and thank you again for the stellar prompt.

    My pleasure Ian, and thank you again for the stellar prompt.

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