An Owlic Meditation on My Name: a #TankaTuesday (on a Wednesday) #TankaProse (10/10/18)


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last squeak of a mouse

snatched by an owl


Yes, my name means freedom, and truthful. Truly, a name fit for the gospel, for does not Jesus say, “Know the truth, and the truth will set you free…”?


But Frank is not my only name. I once had another. And through a miracle of life, my middle name is a variation of that name. James means “supplanter.” How ironic, considering the name that embodies freedom through truth, supplanted the supplanter.


What am I to make of this paradox? I live as freedom-through-truth, not supplanter, and yet I am fully the freedom-through-truth supplanter. Somewhere in the night, the Owl of deep wisdom takes another silent flight over the Coyotic and Ravenic paths I’ve often followed, searching for me.


While I’ve never felt the same affinity to the night raptor, perhaps now is the time to raise my arm to Athene’s own ambassador.



the owl’s shadow

crosses mine

How do we understand

the theme of our life?




for Kiwinana’s #OctPoWriMo – Day 10 – #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 117 – Sunset & Theme


dVerse Poets’ Poetics: What’s in a Name? (Pubtended by Amaya Engleking)


Poets United Midweek Motif ~ The Owl (posted by Sumana Roy)









26 replies »

  1. Your name is a spiritual quest in itself and these lines:


    the owl’s shadow

    crosses mine”

    they illuminate that paradox of yourself that is so like the gospel truth that only God can reveal to us in prayer. What a special name!

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  2. Truth Will Set US
    Free Such
    A Refreshing
    so Lost
    so so
    the Very
    Top of Country
    Now.. Founding
    Fathers Turning
    Over in tHeir Named Graves
    And Religious
    Story Writers
    to Truth
    oF LoVE True
    Fearless and
    Unafraid to SPeak this LiGHT Free..:)


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