The Ozark Black Howler

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Your lesser known *cryptids . . .
(Posted by Isadora)

“*A cryptid is an animal presumed to exist by people, even though there is no valid scientific evidence to prove it is real. And oh sure…there are a few that come to mind right away: bigfoot, the lochness monster, yeti, chupacabra. Those cryptids get all the attention, all the fan fare.

So today, we are going to dive a little deeper and our pens will get a little weirder.

Your challenge: Choose a lesser known crypid from this wikipedia list (one you did not know existed) and write a poem about it.”

His howl is a bugled fright
in the deepest part of night.
Is he a bear?
Not really clear,
from here. All I see
is Wildebeest hair.
I hear the Ozark howler’s eyes
are like glowing red alarms. He tries
to be friendly, wishes he could explain
he is off meat now, just veggies and grain.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to The Ozark Black Howler

  1. Kerry says:

    Bugled.. is such an excellent word choice here..great way to describe the howl.


  2. Poor thing… not easy to tell that you are benign with a howl like that.


  3. priscillaking says:

    I love the monster being “off meat now”! Happy Veganuary to you!


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