Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
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Ivory Scam

by Francis W. Alexander

sensual dreams
she moans, tempts, entices
aims to swipe your soul

© 2008 Francis W. Alexander

Francis Wesley Alexander is a writer, poet, and math tutor who works at an amusement park. He got the idea for this poem from an IM conversation. Photos of pretty women, grown up orphans, bathing suits, and appeals for money brings "Nigerian scam" to mind. But Wes is a little unsettled by this poem. When he looked in his Classical Mythology textbook for the name of a god or spirit for his title, he saw the paragraph about the two gates, where if you enter the ivory gate, your soul is stolen.

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