Aphelion Issue 268, Volume 25
December 2021
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Strange News from another Star

by Alexis Child

Troubled warnings shriek in the night
Unutterable things in mystical power
Blighted by a celestial nightmare
On ominous shores
The departure of the strange miracles
That shone so lovely in the sky like Orion
Retreat like raptures in the stars
Now cold in raven’s claws

The liquid mind dreams of the moon
Dancing in the night
Veiled by demoniac clouds
Speak to us, sweet Sorceress
And our mournful spirits
Will go beyond a funeral march
To the grave

The last fatal kiss in cold black days
Is like a crawling spider in the crying rain
Searching for things you dare not name
The sun and its death burst into flames
The night opens its eyes to a night palace
Where there exists a solemn hymn in the wind
Sorrow is the dying years
In our raw and bloodless hearts

In exile, the living skeletons remain
The living dead
In the cradle of despair
The piano plays in an empty room
On the canvas of our soul’s depths
Destined star, oh mirror… despair, calm
Distant like a celestial dream, so afar

Pale warriors, bittersweet is the mouth
Of memories where the shadowed
Chariot takes us
You carry fear as a savior
If one day your bed becomes a grave
Will your thoughts fade away?
Will injustice disappear?
Will the gods perish?
Who will stop the rain?

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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