Essay

Read Rilke and Weep

For his genius, for his ravishment

Michelle Scorziello
The Howling Owl
Published in
3 min readSep 13, 2023

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Rilke, the source of my woe. Photo, author’s own

I’m used to adversity: I’m a vegan. The standards I uphold can be heavy to bear—sorely tested in a restaurant when faced with the prospect of no dessert. You try watching others sink their spoons into Panna cotta and tiramisu while you sip a mint tea. It’s not pleasant.

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Michelle Scorziello
The Howling Owl

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