Aphelion Issue 263, Volume 25
July 2021
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by Alexis Child

The world seethes in my gut
I am trained to live in ugliness and
urban decay; never speaking of freedom
You once touched us singing
dust after each lingering note
dull words dark and burning
An indwelling ghost
faint and fugitive

I am crossing the Rubicon
the point of no return
like an eviscerated host
Death, shall I laugh or smile?
I bled and I was beautiful
bathing the Gods with stinging tears

You wished more for me
piercing daggers of liquid fear
I am breathing the dreaming world
painted amongst the hoary haloed saints
who will die quite suddenly
in a whispering of flames unseen
I had achieved my apocalypse
And there was nothing I could not be

2021 Alexis Child. All rites reserved until the worms crawl in…

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; home to dreams and nightmares. She worked at a Call Crisis Center befriending demons of the mind 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 has had a small measure of underground success with her gothic rock and darkwave bands in the past. Alexis is currently working on her second collection of poetry.

Her 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, Black Petals, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, The Horror Zine, The Sirens Call and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, Devil In The Clock, a dark and sinister slice of macabre gothic, horror, surreal, and supernatural poetry is now available on Amazon.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/

Please also visit Alexis' YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6S5u4yX73kA1ZWGnKaEBA/videos

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