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

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Momento Mori
by Angela Yuriko Smith

Death came down my street
singing eenie, meenie, mo
one of you must go….
…and my neighbor went.
he wasn’t the type to fear
or ask dark questions.
Death wasn’t impressed.
Death walked down the yellow line
seeking open doors.
was it lack of fear
that caught Death’s notice? was it…
a beam of moonlight…
music at midnight…
too much laughter before dawn?
the result was Death
gliding up the stairs
through the unlocked door, hooded
and blind, but seeking.
and finding this man
brave, bold and full of party
unable to see
the last grain of sand
falling—memento mori.
the minutes tick by
unnoticed, a pulse
unremarked upon… until
under the veil.
Death came down my street.
Death is inevitable…
still, I lock my door.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

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

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Good one, Angela!

  2. The sing-song rhythm works so well as a counterpoint to the deathly theme – that last stanza is so strong.

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