Black Petals Issue #105, Autumn, 2023

BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary-Chris Friend
Cards Fiction by Gene Lass
Barfly: Fiction by Gene Lass
Case Study: Fiction by Martin Taulbut
Delivery: Fiction by David Kloepfer
Joy (noun): a source of delight: Fiction by Noah Levin
Master of Dream: Fiction by Ash Ibrahim
Nightshade: Fiction by Adam Vine
Red Popsicles: Fiction by Caitlyn Pace
Temporally Closed: Fiction by J. Elliott
The Mansion Dwellers: Fiction by Robb White
Time for a Change: Fiction by Lamont A. Turner
Bernie's Friends: Flash Fiction by Phil Temples
Death Visits the Sapling Trust: Flash Fiction by Paul Radcliffe
Monster: Flash Fiction by Zvi A. Sesling
Sleep: Flash Fiction by Kurt Hohmann
Welcome, Ghouls: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Ode to Chateau Marmont: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Cadaver Dogs: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Phases of the Moon: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
The Darkest Octave: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Green Man Standing: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
The Day That Mary Went Away: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
The Northern Migration of Souls: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
Gone West: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
If I Scream: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Witchery: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Carry On: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
The Song of the Dead: Poem by Ben Huber

Zvi A. Sesling: Monster

Art by Jen Mong 2023



Zvi A. Sesling


          I have seen lots of monster movies: Monster Mommy, Sister Monster, Monster of the Blue Lake, Forest Monster and so forth. Good fiction and horror. Yet, I always told myself that they just do not exist unless you count serial killers, pedophiles, rapists, mass murderers and the like.

          But then one day I realize I am married to one. It begins when I find Juliette eating a mouse for lunch. Yes, a mouse! It is alive when she first bites into it.

          “I washed it first.” Juliette says. “It didn’t like the water, but I washed it anyway. Then I bit its neck to paralyze it. To be honest I wanted to cut off its head and tail, they are useless, but the rest is pretty good.  I’m glad there’s no cat around to compete with,” she explained in a machine gun staccato.

          The next week she eats cat, the neighbor’s cat. Juliette explains there is more meat on the cat and its tail is edible.

          After that there’s a dog and a cow that she brings home from a dairy.  “What’s next?” I ask as I stand in the kitchen looking at her with a knife in her hand.

          “ A human,” she replies..

Zvi A. Sesling, Brookline, MA Poet Laureate (2017-2020), has published numerous poems and flash/micro fiction and won international prizes. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he has published four volumes and three chapbooks of poetry. His flash fiction book is Secret Behind the Gate. He lives in Brookline, MA. with his wife Susan J. Dechter.



Jen Mong is an artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. When not drawing or writing, she is reading; watching TV or movies; taking walks; listening to music; enjoying nature; and keeping company with family and friends.                                     

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