Aphelion Issue 266, Volume 25
October 2021
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The Starry Midnight Whispers

by Alexis Child

Stars, bright hope of man's desire
And the man in the moon looking at me
In which one reads his blessing or his curse
Tell the baby when he awakes
To watch for my return
It is a bitter time of year
When your light begins to burn
And you depart dispassionately
Leaving a desert sky
The night has many eyes
When the bright sun dies
For every star a million fall
When you look coldly into my eyes

You are Orion to me glittering
How beautiful you are
Although you have flown away
Like hope by night and by day
Love is unseen by the naked eye
In the heaven of our song
This passion will no longer penetrate
Your smile is chilly under this vault of hell
My spirit struggles in the shadowy light
Under the dark night of your spell
The stars and moon doubt from now on
They could ever dwell in the realms of day
For those born in endless night where you remain

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. Alexis is currently working on her second poetry collection and 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!).

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, Grotesque, The Horror Zine, The Sirens Call and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, Devil In The Clock, is now available on Amazon.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/. Please also visit Alexis' YouTube Channel

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