Aphelion Issue 296, Volume 28
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Ouija Board

by Alexis Child

Ouija magic
Ouija curse
At night, I talk to lost spirits
They walk amongst us
The language of ghosts
Stirs within my soul
Paranormal phenomenon
Is released
Into our spiritual realm
Sacrificed hearts burn
Make the lights flicker
Watch over and protect
Me and my dearly departed
Veiled in darkness
The mystery of the unexplained
Weaves its hypnotic spell

On the Ouija Board
The spectres glide past
I do not fear them
As we are torn apart
In a shattered lullaby
Like a black-veiled bride
In the changing light
The ghosts of my life
Are aware of the fairy tales
And flames inside
Under an October moonlit sky
They always get a say
On the Spirit Board
They do not die
Even when my loved ones
Close their eyes

Mystic Oracle, perhaps I need
An exorcist or a paramedic
But I wonder what I shall
Ask you next?
With my human touch
The planchette spins out of control
I am chilled to the bone
As a thousand screams echo
And the final candle blows out!

© 2023 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. 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 offers Tarot Readings and writes poetry and fiction, 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, The Horror Zine, Illumen, Metaphysical Times, Night to Dawn, 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. Her third collection of poetry, Exquisite Corpse, is coming soon. You have been warned...

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/ and her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6S5u4yX73kA1ZWGnKaEBA/videos

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