The Owl Mind by Valerie Parente
Nocturnal under the moonlight,
with visions of horror,
so many fears when it becomes night,
like a bad dream in color.
Intrusive images play in rotations,
amplified by the dark,
wide-eyed in your fixations,
as you perform your thoughts.
Something about the evening,
the howls elongate and stretch,
so foreboding like a demon,
so much worse when the sun sets.
Vigilant on treetops like a tower,
is it paranoia or being wise?
Everything is scarier after hours,
and yes, that includes my mind.
The owl mind is exhausting,
the owl mind you can’t trust,
but there is no other option,
dark will always follow dusk.
– Valerie Parente (3-31-2021)