The Ladies of Horror
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Elegy to a Medium
by A.F. Stewart
To Madame Rosta, the spiritualist,
late of London, now among the departed
Her rooms a shrine, of sorts, to her clients
and a warning to those who knew her well.
For who would not shiver there now, after…
well, such a tragedy, her last séance.
She was a fraud you know, until her dying day,
her ghosts a bag of tricks and careful props;
she made the clients trust and took their money.
Yet, when their backs turned, she laughed,
swearing all fools that should believe in spirits
Then came the last day, the last trick
to be played on her, from Hell itself.
Now only sooty walls, smeared with ash
remain of poor damned Madame Rosta.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
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