Poetry: Here And Here Comes The White Owl

The snow-white owl with crimson eyes

came to sit upon my windowsill tonight.

Still and quiet like death itself,

Waiting

Watching

I feel it in my head, with whispers as fine as spider’s silk

 

The ethereal thing leans forward and

With a singular tap,

Raps upon my windowpane.

 

I don’t want to see the wretched beast,

I close my eyes.

 

In the stillness, I can hear it

Rap

Rap

Rapping upon my window.

The sound booms, rushing in

and out of my head,

quaking my teeth and rattling my bones.

 

I am drawn to my feet,

I mean to scare it

Hurt it

I mean to make it go away.

 

Blood-red eyes locked on mine, the owl spreads wings as far as eternity.

 

I toss open the window, raise my hand to strike.

In an instant, in an endless second, I smell it.

Rancid meat ripe with maggots, the rusty musk of ancient blood—

the stench of plague is upon me.

Stricken, I stumble back

Cry out

Lash out

Feathers as light as dust drift across my brow,

filling my head with ancient echoes.

 

I fall to my knees and clutch my face,

Skin burning, cracking, torn asunder.

Throat choking on swollen, slack tongue,

Splits

Salty

Clotted blood drips to the floor over lips plumping, burst like ripe grapes.

 

My forehead blazes with fever-pitch terror,

Bowels clench in white-hot shackles

Quaking

Melted innards

Delicate claws clutch my left shoulder

A beak caresses the inside of my left ear.

 

First a light touch, then heavier the owl becomes

As death descends on silent wings.

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