Owls are one of the most misunderstood of God’s creatures. All over the world, the owl symbolises something in different cultures.

The Swahili people of East Africa believe owls bring illness to children, while the Zulu people of South Africa know the owl as the witchdoctors’ familiar.

According to Native American legends and myths of some tribes the owl is a symbol of death. Conversely, this creature is considered good luck amongst Russian hunters. In ancient Greece, if an owl flew over Greek soldiers before a battle, they took it as a sign of victory.

Good or bad, we can’t escape the power and mystery of this amazing bird.

Glowing eyes wide shut
Silent wisdom of ages
Sentry of the skies

©Vivian Zems

Victoria hosts dVerse today – Haibun Monday. Our topic is owls in various forms