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

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Eurydice’s Letter
by Sheikha A. 

Streak my words with the light
of your mind. I didn’t raise
you to be a pomegranate
eating she-Hades. The pout
of your lips is borrowed
anemone. It’s hard to forgive
your resemblance to Persephone,
especially when being birth
from escorts of her illusions.
She could never anyway produce
a progeny apart from the vines
of her illustrious trails
those that strung like willing
strings on hell’s harps. I taught
you of Saturn’s furies
yet the mass of heat
and carnal lust you wooed.
We are underdogs,
our lips black from relishing
warrior souls, drinking their
cold, cobalt radiations
like the last rays of a winter
solstice’s sun, the same bottle
of multiple cries of defeat
were the only words you heard
growing up in vast hollow
bodies of ghosts.
I was in the war that killed
your father; the ruler of all things
whole and burning. Your phallic
melodies are serpent kisses
like Hades’ music:
tamer of Black Holes.
Do you see my right foot
different from the left
ascending as an unbreakable
helix. You have learnt well to
ride the unsaddled back
of a fire-comet.
Do you remember me
the flaring scintilla
on wolf-moon nights
while you crushed seeds
of red juices between
your teeth, eyes aglow
like onyx-stillness of
depthless seas. When I came
knocking on your window
with a piece of penitence
from Apollo’s bejewelled instrument,
your hair turned to snow.
Everything about your milk-
curdled face was a lyre,
the necks of many you broke
as toys. Notes strumming
like the snores of Cerberus.
And your head earless.
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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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Cruel and beautiful at once, from its inception; I love these lines: your lips black from relishing /warrior souls, drinking their
    cold, cobalt radiations

  2. I love writing that has roots in the classics – this is so richly told and full of intrigue – great work.

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