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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

A Song of Vengeance

 

by Christopher Hivner

 

 

I walked on fire

to reach the outstretched arms,

but the flames

took its price

in flesh.

Stripped to muscle and bone

I reach for my love,

my only family,

but my welcome

is rescinded.

Am I too ugly now

to love?

Was my worth counted

only by my pelt

taken by the fire below?

The outstretched arms

that beckoned from

the other side of the chasm

between us

now hang down,

flaccid and pale,

while I bleed

onto the holy soil.

I take a step forward

and my future

slips further

into shadow.

I walked on fire

to reach nirvana

only to be rejected.

Where do I go now?

I choose to go forward,

toward my former beacon,

my own flayed arms outstretched,

blackened fingers

balled into fists,

bloody tears in my eyes,

a song of vengeance

in my heart.

 

 





Christopher Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the echoes of music. He has recently been published in Illumen, Dark Eclipse and The Horror Zine. A collection of short stories, The Spaces Between Your Screams, was published by eTreasures Publishing. website: www.chrishivner.com, Facebook: Christopher Hivner - Author, Twitter: @Your_screams





In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017