Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Darc_Nina #LoH

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Small Atonement
by Angela Yuriko Smith

Mother, don’t leave me…
the last words I said to her.
as she walked away
but I understand
why she had to leave me there.
I had no father.
The Father found out—
He who protects our small flock
… all except for me.
But I have no blame.
Out of wedlock, I am cursed.
I bring misfortune.
For my father’s lust
I am left here, food for wolves
atonement for sin.
They return in Spring
to burn my small bones with salt
to quiet my soul
placate their god and
chastise my mother for love
and I will be gone…
except she made plans
to keep me here forever.
A bargain in blood
a packet of herbs
a lock of my baby hair
and maternal rage.
I am food for wolves—
a blessing for their bellies—
atonement for sin.
When the flock returns
I will whisper, just for her…
Mother, I won’t leave.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Darc_Nina #LoH

  1. afstewart says:

    Dark and chilling, a superb poem.

  2. Great poem – loved the narrator’s voice and he/r simple portrayal of dark deeds.

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