Black Petals Issue #79 Spring, 2017

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Cellmates-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Drogol the Nosophorous and the Calf of Man-Fiction by Mike Mulvihill
Feral Rage-Fiction by Dave Anderson
First Bite-Fiction by Jeff Dosser
For Sale-Fiction by Dave Anderson
Get Some Shelter-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Last Leg-Fiction by Dave Anderson
Surviving Montezuma, Ch. 7 & 8-Continuing Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Turbulent Silence-Fiction by George Economou
3 Haiku by William Landis
A Mother's Delight-Poem by Liz McAdams
4 Poems by Brendan McBreen



By A.M. Stickel, Editor

Executions of Innocents



Recently we witnessed, among other atrocities, the gassing of Syrian children. It reminded me of the slaughter of the Holy Innocents (babies and toddlers) by that jealous ruler, Herod, shortly after the birth of Christ over 2000 years ago.

Our world annually commemorates the greatest politically-motivated execution of the most innocent human who ever walked among us, showing us how to move beyond greed and heartless politics. So when are we going to wake up and realize how long the Powerful have been oppressing the Helpless by not only building walls and facing off across borders, but also by the outright unapologetic and inexcusable murder of innocents?

The stories and poems contained in this issue highlight the senselessness of violence and the often self-destructive nature of the protagonists, whether natural or supernatural. They provide a warning, not an example to follow.

On the personal side, a male cat occasionally trespasses on the territory of my 3 females—two short-haired calicos and one medium-furred gray-and-white. Unfortunately, he closely resembles the longer-haired female. This has led to attacks by the two females who are related and resemble each other on the third, to the point where her life is miserable.

While an ostracized pet in intolerable pain can be euthanized, that option is not open to normal human beings who consider themselves more evolved. After all, we are not in charge of even our own resurrection. That is the purview of the Innocent we once crucified.

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