‘To the Caged Barn Owl’ and Other Poetry by Lauren E. Fields The Society December 27, 2012 Poetry To the Caged Barn Owl, II I had thought you clean and blameless, Blindly cast you as the shameless Victim of baseless derision, Gaped at in your iron prison, Left unromantic and nameless. I assumed your capture aimless. Cruelly kept, they watched you regress, Innocence made heavy laden, I had thought. But perhaps your pale and stainless Pose is but the greatest offense. What if you have earned your dungeon? Donned the darkness of a damson, Not been spotless in your deeds as I had thought. Kyrielle #1 I realize that I am lost And, as such, paid the greatest cost. I trust too well what I can see, O God, be merciful to me. I must be in, not of, this world. Temptation left my mind impearled, I chased that empty gleam blindly. O God, be merciful to me. I have refused you to your face, Then run in fear from my disgrace, And still believed myself worthy. O God, be merciful to me. Lauren E. Fields: I am a twenty-year-old student originally hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. I now reside in Cambridge, where I attend Harvard University as a rising junior at the College. I have been writing poetry since I was six years old, and have, over that substantial period of time, gone down many roads and explored many modes of expression with my poetry. I was just recently published in the current issue of Literary Laundry. These poems are among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.