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

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by Sheikha A. 

to giving Venus a bevy of blooms
You are at the mercy of an one-eyed caged bird,
she tilts a candle over an earthen bowl of water.
The girl watching is succulent:
doe-eyed and mind an open gate
of undiscovered premise. She reads
the water arch and coy at the touch
of melting candle drops; rose-infused
ash peppering its rim. She eyes the girl,
there is need for sacrifice, rubbing bone-
runes between her palms; tooth-sickle
spilling first; crow’s femur landing in tow.
The girl is here about her recurring dream:
her body sprouting midnight calla-lilies,
skin magenta sheen of fresh blood, lips
pouting deeper shade of warm, throbbing
flesh. She knows this girl is divine vessel:
mind impulsive field of curiosity; her spirit
can be smelled miles away, of unfurling
newness, of a dew’s first sprinkle. The girl
leans closer to the candle’s wick, her eyes
mirroring the blinking flame: crimson
swivels in a pool of fire. You are saviour,
she whispers to the girl, her voice incant
and prophetic. Your body will be eternal;
a gift of source, the miracle life on toxic
land. Are you ready to live as carbon – 
pink ash swirling Earth? Your time is near 
to travel – out of this body. Sultana: star-
belt; you will be real and imaginary. 
Your power unconquered – the scent 
of a flower uncut from its stem. 
The water in the bowl sputters;
the girl has been caged. Drink this,
her voice hisses like a soft breeze,
when you wake, you will have reborn;
your form pure, untouched and lethal.
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. Such beautiful imagery – opulent and intriguing.

  2. afstewart says:

    A superb poem.

  3. Marge Simon says:

    Rich, calling all the senses and yet whisper-light –Sheika A’s gift to us

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