The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
A Piece of Advice for the Recently Deceased
by Alina Măciucă
There’s even a goddess of storms on the other side.
She takes the petty feuds you had with your neighbors,
All the tears you’ve shed over the death of pets,
As well as over other inexpedient breakup and terminations
And spreads them onto the netherworld sky to frighten
Little girls and elderly ladies.
As above, so below, there are trains there, too.
And sometimes they carry people you think you’ve met
At some point, but you can’t quite tell. They seem happy,
But they never answer back when you scream nonsensical questions at them.
You’ll reach a crossroads or two on your way to wherever you’re going.
You’ll be tempted to think it matters whether you turn left or right –
It won’t. And it will be up to you to make up your mind whether
That is heaven or hell.
More about Alina Măciucă:
Alina Măciucă enjoys reading, writing, buying odd trinkets, and taking photos of beautifully decaying buildings. She has formally studied religion and hermeneutics at the University of Bucharest, and really has a thing for the Greco-Roman mysteries and Gnosticism, as well as for Renaissance magic. She lives in Bucharest with her very supportive boyfriend, their two cats, and an ever-expanding vinyl and book collection.