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

Simon MacCulloch: Carry On

Carry On


Simon MacCulloch


Now why do you concern yourself with crows, my dear?

Look there - so tame, I feed them on my hand.

And if you must be fussing over those, I fear

A husband who’s so easily unmanned

Is weak in love, so will not understand.


You seem to have a horror of the flies - for shame!

And you, who are a hunter, pale with fright

And frantic as you swat them from your eyes, poor game

For one who stalked the tiger through the night.

I scarcely dreamt your courage was so slight.


And then you go a-whimpering of the rats, who merely

Conduct themselves as Nature’s laws decree.

A shrinking in disgust and terror that’s too clearly

A cowardly retreat away from me.

A paltry welcome home, you must agree!


But even now I persevere in trust, sure time

Will reconcile you finally to our fate.

It’s fitting that you struggle to adjust; your crime

Impatience with our lawful wedded state -

So kiss, and taste the poison that I ate.




Simon MacCulloch lives in London. He is a regular contributor to Aphelion, Reach Poetry, The Dawntreader and Sarasvati.

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