Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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by Sheikha A.

to giving Venus a body 
She lays tracks with strands of her hair –
white-pall, pallor of her eyes silvery veins;
her bearers will arrive soon – death on gale –
her amethyst sleep-spell like streaming sash.
Figurines on gust, their invisible footsteps
coming for her: legion rising from myth
when she falls, she strikes smooth 
splitting a night in neat halves 
her weapon within her – cold shadow –
watching through her teeth when she opens.
The tracks she lays will bring them to her,
her nightmares in their dreams fast fading,
she is ageless moon – web on ghoul –
silky wisps of heat on surface of void
how she glides sends rings of shivers 
into light; her claws a tight eagle grasp
They travel fast, wings on speed, yet distant,
yet flurry of rage, tides of spinning planets
flashing their flags; the black hole mouths
its cry. Her face tilts in half smile. This fury
of noise: empty echoes of wasteful energy;
they have never landed on her thick veils
she is trap: waterless venus lotus, 
her teeth graceful tines of katana
her fields are spiralling crescent cones
of magic and delusion. She is rising Lilith.
Fiction © Copyright Sheikha A.
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More from author Sheikha A.:

Screen Shot 2019-12-17 at 10.57.17 AM.pngNyctophiliac Confessions:
Poems by Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee

“The night is cold enough to inspire poetry,” says Sheikha A. in her poem, “Reading My Bones.” This is the basis of Nyctophiliac Confessions – poems that are introspective and luminal, poems that require a certain amount of silence and space to be fully formed and appreciated. Reading these poems, I imagined that they were the kind of poems that assert themselves unbidden during a bout of insomnia. (A nyctophiliac being someone who loves the night or loves darkness).

Nyctophiliac Confessions is the 17th installment of Praxis’ chapbook series and contains twenty-six poems written by two poets, Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee, interspersed with abstract paintings by Robert Rhodes.

Available Here!


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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    A terrific poem.

  2. Marge Simon says:

    “Splitting a night in neat halves” — Sheika, what beauty in your lines, the flutter of fine silk and the crash of the finest bones

  3. What beautifyl language – powerful imagery and a relentless pace which drew me into her transformation – wonderful.

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