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

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Hearts for a Heart
by Angela Yuriko Smith

She beat the water with her fists, enraged—in hate.
She was looking for mermaids. Make them cry. Crush their lies
… they stole my Prince Charming.
Conniving, fishy girls with bare breasts and damp skin
had lured him to the drowning deep—a forever sleep
… but he went willingly.
Like a dog in heat, he ran off without looking.
A vacant pretty boy, just a toy to pass the time
… he isn’t worth the tears.
But she weeps, just the same. He was a fling, but her
fling. A sweet thing she imagined sharing tomorrows
… now he was yesterday.
The mermaids would pay in sushi and sashimi
bleeding, salty flesh flayed in the raw sand by her hand
… a feast for hungry crabs.
She waits patiently for the party girls to show
and they always do, seeking new toys to take and break
… hearts for a heart is fair.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author and co-publisher of Space and Time magazine, a publication that has been printing speculative fiction, art and poetry since 1966. Together we build a poem as a community each month. Visit “Exquisite Corpse” at to submit.

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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 Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Sweet! Loved it, Angela!

  2. Nice blog
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  3. afstewart says:

    Wonderful poem.

  4. Loved the structure of your poem and the italicised “poem within the poem”

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