The Wise Owl

One of my classroom volunteers brought in this poem and shared it with my students.  We’ve been working on listening—truly listening—all year.  At the beginning of the school year, we read The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor.  Our favorite quote, and one that students refer to often, is “If you think you’re better than a horned toad, you’ll never hear its voice—even if you sit there in the sun forever.”

This piece complements that text well and is a beautiful reminder of why listening is so important in life.

The wise old owl
Sat in an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can’t we be like
That wise old bird?

Thoughts to ponder for today!


Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!


2 thoughts on “The Wise Owl

  1. My sister taught that one to me and I haven’t thought about it for years . It is funny how much wisdom there is in those few words. I think I might share that with my very talkative class today.


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