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

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by Sheikha A. 

to giving Venus a rainforest
It has begun raining nightmares –
red-striped lizard tails like sleet
slaking her glass dome of reality.
She stealths the days on acid feet;
her nights, cloudburst of molten lead.
She has /been/ warned: forfeit shadow/s
to the spirit of charity – emerald fruit
plantations on her mercurial being –
no one can touch her dark tresses:
canopy over secret lands she sows.
They say her death was mysterious;
she was excavated from a distance
of failure. Flakes of ice sparked fire
where she stepped. They harnessed
what they could not co-in/habit –
howls of her crying: falling rain –
re/constructing her seal: tombs
of grace. Motes of unbreathable air
lay low and heavy; emerald flashes
of noiseless thunder. Her wails pulse
in her veins. The night, black velvet.
The cosmos, panther in the wind.
for Marge Simon, Krysia Jopek and Saad Ali
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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Sheikha A. @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Intriguing and dark, a great poem.

  2. What beautiful imagery – dark and fascinating

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