The Howling Owl
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The Howling Owl


To the Scorpion


after Denise Levertov’s “To the Snake”

Scorpion, crawling crusty
a ghost, stark white against
the leather of my boot, a warning
tiny that you were, the lesson
of Coyotito* struck me cold
King of Arachnophobia,
kept me hostage at canyon’s dawn



The Howling Owl is a juried publication featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews. The publication is committed to quality creative work from a diverse group of writers.

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Samantha Lazar

Poetry, fiction, and essays in celebration of being a Mom, Wife, Educator, Writer, & Lover of Life.