The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
Words of Greatness
by Alina Măciucă
I slithered through the rocks
To the valley and then climbed back,
One with water, caressed by moss and ‘
Worshiped by the Sun.
At first there were two, dipped their fleshy
Limbs in my river, tainted my water
With their sweet-sour scent
Then another, a tiny image of the others.
They grew as trees, yet could not stand
My river turned red with the blood of the
Stags they butchered as they wore
The pelts of wolves on their backs.
“What could I do, what could I do?”
I lamented to the Sun.
“They do not know, they do not know,
That they are not like you and I, forever.
When they come dip their spears
In your river, whisper words of greatness
In their ears. Tell them it is them, and only
Them who can judge time.”
And I did so, and taught them how to die.
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.