Independence Day

Independence Day video

Performed by: Martina McBride

Writer(s): Gretchen Peters

Wednesday’s Child

I was not born to be happy…

No bright star shone down on me
When I was dropped headfirst into the world
Red-faced, kicking, screaming
And placed in my mother’s arms—
The only true home I’ve ever known

Instead, a dark star witnessed my birth
Stepped out of hell’s black hole
Took me in its cold bony hands
And christened me “Wednesday’s Child”
Damning me to a life of woe

Not for me fair of face or full of grace
A clumsy witch with frizzy red hair
Who mounts her broom
And beneath an alabaster moon
Runs wild with the night

Night understands, night knows
What beats inside my heart
What tangles and twists my soul
It doesn’t question, doesn’t judge
Night is my beloved familiar

There’s a certain comfort in failure
A happiness inside misery
A pleasure in absent feelings
For a Wednesday’s Child
Who has serenely accepted her fate

For…
I was not born to be happy

Originally published on the Literati Mafia

Image via Pixabay

Guess Who’s Knocking

Guess Who’s Knocking video

Performed by: Ryan Bingham

Writer(s): Ryan Bingham

Crow

crow comes at night
invisible in the darkness
slips in the window
while she sleeps
burrows its sharp beak
into her seasoned flesh
and tears at
the most tender morsels…
doubts
insecurities
fears
savors the sour flavors
of being hurt
of being fooled
of being played
again…
she learns not to sleep
stays ever vigilant
least crow
swallow everything
her pride
her independence
her reason
her life…
in the morning light
sometimes she wonders
if crow is real
is a force without
or instead
lives within
a black cancer
of bone and blood
cawing chaos, while
beating sharp wings
within each breath
scraping claws
through fragile capillaries
frantic to escape
its self-made
prison…

Image via Pixabay

My Sister’s Tiny Hands

My Sister’s Tiny Hands video

Performed by: The Handsome Family (Brett and Rennie Sparks)

Writer(s): Rennie Sparks

RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #40 ‘As Summer Leaves and Autumn Falls’ | #Horror #fiction #FREE @Sirens_Call

One of my short stories, The Starving Time, has been included in The Siren’s Call’s 40th issue, which is available as a free download. Can’t beat the price. 🙂

The Sirens Song

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of

The Sirens Call

Our 40th issue of The Sirens Call eZine comes in at 113 pages and features short stories, flash fiction, and poetry of dark fiction and horror, some of which is themed for the season! It also contains image prompted prose by Pen of the Damned, along with featured author Lee A. Forman, plus an excerpt from his new novella Zero Perspective

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!



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Immersion

Originally published on the Literati Mafia

it starts
and it ends
takes flight on dark wings
and soars from my pen

hell rises up
heaven falls
demons rush in
and pass through the walls
of the human psyche shored up
by gossamer gods and magic pills
tromp through mephitic mires of disbelief
brandishing swords, counting kills

nothing can protect you
not pleas, not prayers, nor unholy deals
from the metaphysical monsters I’ve set free
to nip and bite, sink razor teeth into your heels
and drag your bloody carcass down
into the tenebrous pits below
to rip apart your flesh
and feast upon your soul

it starts
and it ends
takes flight on dark wings
and soars from my pen

Photo from Pixabay

Sylvia’s Mother

Sylvia’s Mother video

Performed by: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

Writer(s): Shel Silverstein

The Unknown

 

Originally published on the Literati Mafia

galaxies beguile and beckon,
mouths of black holes yawn.
I face the unknown, bent of body, but bright of mind,
not fearing the dawn
of old age that comes
to all stars, planets, and man.
I face the unknown, time running through my fingers
like grains of silvered sand.

Photo via Dreamstime

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around video

Performed by: Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

Writer(s): Tom Petty and Mike Campbell