Prose Poetry

How to Steal from a Poet: Mater Terribilis

In the asylum

Michelle Scorziello
The Howling Owl
Published in
2 min readMay 8, 2024

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Open poetry book with pencil scribblings.
Getting inspiration from Pascale Petit’s Mama Amazonica. Photo author’s own.

Rattle, rattle, squeak. Comes the nurse with the trolley.

I hope she has Mum’s co-codamol, her distalgesics, her valium, her Korean Ginseng.

I don’t suppose they allow whiskey.

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Michelle Scorziello
The Howling Owl

I am a special needs teacher who loves to read and write.