Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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by Sheikha A.

She makes them hoard
until their arms shrink
into their shoulders;
she says she walked
over cracked scry – time
does not exist for her –
the verses on holy pages
opened a door. She entered
a holograph leading to
her future, her body
wrapped in magnificence:
gold brighter than the sun,
pearls laced with blinding
iridescence of the moon -.
She entered their home
backward-feet as wind
of recession whipping
flat dunes of barren
deserts. They were rich
orphans given holes
of her clothing – transfer
and lock. She says
she walked into echoes
of starving bellies;
her nose curved as a hook
biting bait, words maternal
and eyes wild as razors.
They were fed to comply;
learning to be alone
yet watched – genes
tangled – she chained
them in love as stale
as sleep, as stark as fear,
as hollow sewers
as ravenous abyss.
On winter nights,
she collected remains;
shrunk their days
and shrunk the light.
They began to hide
what was left of them –
unprotected destiny –
locked blood
locked amulets
knotted threads
and embedded needles –
she shrunk land
and expanded water;
they collected grain
upon grain of sand
depleting; shrinking
under her weight –
heads sunk
into their necks,
bodies buried
under hoarding.
Fiction © Copyright Sheikha A.
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More from author Sheikha A.:

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 10.57.17 AM.pngNyctophiliac Confessions:
Poems by Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee

“The night is cold enough to inspire poetry,” says Sheikha A. in her poem, “Reading My Bones.” This is the basis of Nyctophiliac Confessions – poems that are introspective and luminal, poems that require a certain amount of silence and space to be fully formed and appreciated. Reading these poems, I imagined that they were the kind of poems that assert themselves unbidden during a bout of insomnia. (A nyctophiliac being someone who loves the night or loves darkness).

Nyctophiliac Confessions is the 17th installment of Praxis’ chapbook series and contains twenty-six poems written by two poets, Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee, interspersed with abstract paintings by Robert Rhodes.

Available Here!


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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.
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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Delightfully, darkly existential.

  2. Marge Simon says:

    Love your work, Sheika A.!

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