Aphelion Issue 291, Volume 28
February 2024
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War Dance

by Alexis Child

You are the key that unlocks shadows
The magick in these bones
Perhaps you are even the collector of souls
You reign over demons and in your fury
Even death shudders in fright

All of autumn bends to your furious will
You rise like a blood moon
Throughout the Kingdom
Echoing the war cry
You devour the world
You swallow the stars

You make them bleed
Hope alone in us cowers

War tears through the night sky
Horus, feathers of fire
Angel in disguise

Dance in my darkness
Strike me with the sword
Of light for I am an open wound

The horror creeps
The devil is ice
I am devoured by the dragon

Look, my children
To the blood moon
And you'll know it's your
Bedtime soon
Be gentle with me as I bleed

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

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; home to dreams and nightmares. Alexis is a former Social Service Worker, befriending the demons 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, Illumen, Metaphysical Times, Night to Dawn, ParABnormal Magazine, The Sirens Call, Witch House 2 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 dark 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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