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

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

The High Cost of Wanderlust
by Angela Yuriko Smith

My sinking ship slips into sunset waters 

as my daughters and sons snuggle in beds 

not knowing they are my final breath away 

from being all alone in this world. 

Orphans, children in mourning 

by tomorrow morning when the news 

slips down the just-awake streets 

the freaks and a few drunks still stumbling

and bumbling past the messenger

the professional bringer of bad news

refusing to spare a dime, a smile, the time

and my progenity now penniless

paying the cost of my wanderlust

my ill-placed trust that placed

me on a ship full of false promises

lost causes and leaks.


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.

Catch up with Angela here!


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

  1. Pingback: Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH — Spreading the Writer’s Word | All About Writing and more

  2. Marge Simon says:

    Wise and spot on, a worthy poem, Angela! I’m sure some readers will identify!

  3. Great poem – it has a beautiful rhythm and flow, as natural as the tide, which carries the ship and its captain irrevocably to their doom.

  4. afstewart says:

    An excellent, poignant poem.

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