Three Harmonies

Yesterday I was introduced to the third and youngest member of the family. The Barred baby owl is almost fully grown, but it still relies on parental food delivery. First, one parent brings and passes on food to his/her partner…

Three Harmonies

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Yesterday I was introduced to the third and youngest member of the family. The Barred baby owl is almost fully grown, but it still relies on parental food delivery. First, one parent brings and passes on food to his/her partner who then delivers it to their baby. The Three Harmonies indeed.

Three Harmonies
A lonely voice at night
signs out its fear and courage
through the menacing darkness
and conquers the frightful gloom.
Singing is sacred.

A second voice arises and joins in,
attunes, and keeps pace with the first,
plays call and response, breaks into laughter.
Two voices meeting in the night
can brim with delight.

When a third voice chimes in
the harmony is complete.
They soar to heaven
and match the magic of the stars.
They pounce upon and bounce off each other,
grab and repel each other,
because singing in the darkness
awakens love and brings us joy.

Three voices conjure up a firmament,
hold, release, tease, and console each other.
This world would fall into terror and darkness
without your voice, and mine and yours alternating.
– Herman Hesse, 1934 (trans. Ludwig Max Fischer)

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