Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
December 2022/January 2023
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Opening the Box

by Jean Jones

There comes a time
in life
where you
stumble upon something

you were not meant
to see-

Finding out, for example,
that that stranger you meant to help
is really a serial killer,

or when you open that box
given to you by that
well intentioned stranger

It really IS the box
that brings on
the Cenobites
into this world
and you realize,

"Oh No! I screwed up
and these demons from Hell
have shown up,
waiting to rip
my body to pieces,
over and over again,
for their pleasure-"

The box, the chains,
and the Cenobites,
all waiting to tear me apart,
over and over again-
"Such wondrous sights
to feel, over and over again-"

© 2022 Jean Jones

Jean Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He teaches English as a Second Language part–time at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and is regularly published by Horror Zine and Aphelion Webzine.

Find more by Jean Jones in the Author Index.