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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

TODAY’S ADVENTURE

 

by John Grey

 

We're off to see the gravesite

of a suspected vampire.

She’s not family so the car ride

is more ghoulish than funereal.

You can barely hide your excitement

as we park in an overgrown area that passes for a lot.

 

It’s a twenty-minute walk

down a trail through thick woods.

Finally, we step though a tumbled-down,

rusty iron fence,

tramp through tall weeds and toppled stones,

until we reach the grave inscribed,

Elizabeth Potter 1687–1712,

“Uneasy she lies.”

 

As you stand over it,

I do believe you even sigh.

I am much more circumspect.

Whatever this poor girl did in her life,

I doubt if it involved

sucking the blood from virgins.

 

You snap a couple of photos

and then we leave, head to the mall.

To be honest, traipsing through graveyards

is not my favorite thing to do.

Then, while you're in and out of stores,

I take a seat beside the fountain

and keep my eye on all the shoppers.

 

A hundred or more blank-eyed folks trudge by,

their bodies weighed down with bags.

Now this is what I call undead.

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in Sin Fronteras, Dalhousie Review, and Qwerty, with work upcoming in Plainsongs, Willard and Maple, and Connecticut River Review.


Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020