Aphelion Issue 278, Volume 26
November 2022
 
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Dark Shadows

by Alexis Child


In caustic light
I am the accident of wings
There is no gothic cathedral
In my bloodthirsty heart

The vampire bats scream
Killing time
Before it even began
I see the moon closing its eyes

I am mourning
The bats are screaming
The winged war is internal
Until angels fall apart

This crucified heaven
Maims and shames
You write my forgotten name
Like a cold black dream

Casting a spell over eternity
I walk with the undead
And I have never been
Loved this way before


© 2022 Alexis Child. All rights reserved until the bones decompose…

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; home to dreams and nightmares. Alexis is a former Social Service Worker, befriending the demons that roam freely amongst her writings. Alexis once lived with a Calico-cat child sleuthing all that went bump in the night and is haunted by the memory of her cat. She had a small measure of underground success with her gothic rock and darkwave bands in the past. Besides having rare mystical experiences she hopes are not just short circuits in the brain, she writes dark poetry, starving in the garret with her muse. A starving child is a frightful sight. A starving vampire is even worse. Please donate non-perishable food items and B-negative blood (and make it a double!).

Alexis' fiction has been featured in Danse Macabre, Schlock, Screams of Terror, and U.K.'s Dark of Night Magazine. Her poetry has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Aphelion, Blood Moon Rising, Illumen, Metaphysical Times, Night to Dawn, ParABnormal Magazine, The Sirens Call, Witch House 2 and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, Devil in the Clock, a dark and sinister slice of the macabre is available on Amazon. Her second collection of dark poetry, Singing the Bones, is available on Amazon and from Cyberwit Publishing.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/ and her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6S5u4yX73kA1ZWGnKaEBA/videos

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