I am a long time fan of Disney. Love all his movies. I mourned his loss when he passed.
Recently at an event I heard the story about the time at the age of 7 years he interacted with and killed an owl. It upset me so deeply I had to leave the room. I had a hard time believing it was true. I did look it up on this site to find out the truth.
In order to help myself handle the pain I felt (and it seems the pain Walt felt) I did what I needed to do. Here is what I wrote:
Disney and the Owl
Death is such a final step especially when surprised
Young boy, young owl
Who ended life then ran
Into a life where all not lost
A youngster becomes a man
He spent his life atoning
By the beauty he then found
Through pictures of life
Views of Death that brought the heart around
To stories that would let one know
That reminded us of love
That told us through the stories
That told us through the music
That told us through the pain and loss
A beauty can come through
A heart that can be full of love when grief can finally
Inevitably , release to a livable set place
Of expression of beauty that reaches many hearts
To know there is a passion
A new and living presence
That is not forgotten
That is not alone
That is all around us
I felt better after I wrote this.
Maybe it will help others, too.