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

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Mantis
by Sheikha A.

to giving Venus a Sun
.
They say she was hit – this is how
they warn their village – by fireball
.
that skulled out of night’s crevice,
forming first like an incision – stitch
.
less beauty of supple surfaces – new
like peach on a sprig in daylight – old
.
as wisdom tucked under a hypnotic gaze
as deep as Zuhal penetrating her nemesis.
.
The village knew what she was after:
heads of men of valour who would fall
.
onto the silk she weaved – bed of air,
dense and bottomless. She appeared
.
as butterfly: dragon-belly: malefic breeze
in their house of cards; conquests of war
.
over centuries of dipping their hands
into vortices, pulling out limp limbs:
.
comets she called her future – progeny –
that would cast her into a pool of fire
.
and her cape of regal immortality
shadowing Star. Her ambition blind
.
like ice crystallising surface of Pacific,
wild and magnetic – Zuhra riding black
.
horse – she is dignified and unfallen
in the house of her lord, seething fury
.
on men that had dared birth her future.
Her hair is a forest of tangles and knots
.
but her scent is aphrodisiac; mating
time is near. They come from Mirykh
.
on steeds of fiery hooves to leash her,
unknowing they won’t survive the night.
.
.
Fiction © Copyright Sheikha A.
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com.

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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. Wow! Such rich imagery – as captivating as the subject herself

  3. Marge Simon says:

    For me, I am always sitting at Sheika’s feet, listening in wonderment as she spins her tales. Her voice is low, her mind is unbound.

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