Aphelion Issue 273, Volume 26
June 2022
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The Devil's Tongue

by Alexis Child

Our voices were the ocean's
Roar until we could cry no more.
The fires purified and consumed.
In the East, rose the Wolf Moon.

We were like the raging seas
That could not be
Living in between worlds
On this side of heaven and hell

I fell to the beasts
My heads were seven
I shook myself from the dust
To arise strange to who I was

I fell in love with Lilith
Drawing the veils of night
Around the tired eyes of day

I whispered God's secret name
Then I flew away
Unto to all despised

Our hearts were monsters
Most considered me a demon
I carried the blame and shed the blood

As a wild witch whose angry
Tears were gone somewhere in the
Clouds above
We knew the worst too young

Beyond the shameful screams
Of trauma
The macabre songs were sung
In the devil's tongue

It's not your soul he seeks
Please don't be afraid of me
In the darkness of dreams
And waking screams

Beautiful affliction
Let me see your face
Unmirrored by the rivers Styx
And Lethe

Let us lay the lone ghosts to rest
Around the grief of the shadowy years
I wave the mirror away
without any fears

Someday, the night will
Be ours alone again
Where the moon and stars
Have not fled

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

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 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, The Horror Zine, Metaphysical Times, ParABnormal Magazine, The Sirens Call 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 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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