Long ago I was an owl in Usambara.
I chased echoes through the cliff stone.
I winged the silence that caught me.
I would have been a child on an island.
I would have told you thirteen tall tales.
There would have been one boat sinking.
There would have been farmers drowning.
You would have called me a braggart,
a trash-picker. My guitar was a dead tree.
My family forgot how long ago I was an owl.