• H. Rick Goff

The Owl



I’ve only glimpsed him once as he launched himself into flight from a tree in my backyard. Like everything in Texas, he was huge, and I felt the wind from his magnificent wings as he flew passed me. He seemed to fill the sky as he suddenly disappeared into the dark night.

Whooo whooo was the sound I heard over and over in my head while I wrestled with my demons in rem sleep. As my body tossed and turned in a dream state, the sound was relaxing, it was a warm breeze of calm. The smooth sound of whooo whooo echoed through the walls and gently woke me from my turbulent dream. It was 3am and I got up to follow the sound. I was like a sailor under the spell of the siren of a mermaid as I made my way to the back door. As soon as I opened the door, I heard rustling in the branches of a tree near my bedroom window, the sound stopped. I wandered back to bed. Sleep came easy for me the rest of that night.

It's OK, It's alright

All is well with you tonight

Two months later during another dream battle I heard the now familiar, whooo whooo gently enter my dream. The chaotic scene of the dream battle was replaced with my feet sinking in the warm sand of a beautiful beach as waves washed ashore. I woke up again to the cotton soft whooo whooo as the only sound in my bedroom. This time I didn’t get up to chase it, I laid there and embraced the moment with a smile. Whooo whooo had once again come to rescue me from my dreams.

It's OK, It's alright

All is well with you tonight

As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve only glimpsed him once, but it seems like he shows up just when I need him. What a majestic presence I feel as the wind from his unmeasurable wing span washes over my body. I’ve wondered what it would be like to meet him face to face. Would I ask him, How many licks does it really take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? Or would I just be in awe in his presence!

It's OK, It's alright

All is well in your life tonight

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