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MUSED Literary Magazine.

Encounter with an Owl

Craig W. Steele

Driving through mid-summerís dusk,
green-leafed palisades, both sides,
flash-by lines of spectral paint
charm me till Iím mesmerized.

Soundless, swooping bird-form glides
haughtily across the road,
skims the headlightsí golden glare:
bark-hued screech-owlís ghostly drift
through the gloam of rural dark.

Its golden eyes transfix me with
a stern, reproving, glass-eyed stare
for daring to disturb its night.
I hasten on my way, chastised.