INTRO
WHEN I WAS FIFTEEN
ALONG 693
THE ABORTION PALACE
GROWING UP, TWO AMERICAS
ANNIVERSARY 1984
TO BETTY, 1982
BEYOND NORTH MOUNTAIN
THE BRANDY LINE (ABOUT A FAVORITE GOAT)
CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN
DREAM OF CHARLES DE LANGLADE
YOU CALL ME FOLLY MILLS
THE ODYSSEY OF GLOOMY GUS
HILLS
IMPATIENS CAPENSIS
THE ADVANTAGE OF INTELLIGENCE
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU THEN
AFTER YOU LANGLADE
WAITING ON LARAMIE CREEK
THE LESSON
MEMORY
MUSIC AT THE JACKSON
THE HUMAN CONDITION IS NOT
OLD DOMINION
OLD MAN TO HIMSELF
OLD RIDER
CALLING OWLS
FROM THE TALE OF PETER MINK
MAKE REVOLUTION
THE SCRAPER
MY SHIP
SNAPSHOT
TO OUR SONS, 1982
SPRING PEEPERS
TED
TREES OF NEW JERSEY
A TRUE DOCTOR
DEATH OF WILBUR
BY WINNEBAGO'S SHORE
©Poems of R.F.Mueller- Other Times, Other Thoughts

LITTLE RIVER
R.F. Mueller


In the barred owl's night
you're rushing spring's contrivance
to last all year.
And in the daylight your cold waters
catch the sun in glorious ramp
of riffles no deeper than my knee—
grandly ingnoring the needs of fishermen for holes;
giving instead your endless slant of cobbles so prodigal.

We need more mountain rivers
that waste as you do,
whose only sure gifts are the greatest—
music, solitude and light.


 

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Little River is a mountain stream not far from our Virginia farm. The native large owl on our farm is the Great Horned (Bubo virginianus), while the most widespread large owl in the nearby mountains is the Barred Owl (Strix varia). The two appear to be incompatible, as the Great Horned probably hunts the smaller Barred. The Horned Owl also probably preempts the biologically richest habitats, which are more typically valley agricultural areas.