Black Petals Issue #96, Summer, 2021

Witches' Sabbath
Editor's Page
BP Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Dark Resurrection-Fiction by Michael Hopkins
A Dip in the Pool-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Far Down in the Credits-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Guilt Trip-Fiction by James Flynn
Ky'thagra's Big Day-Fiction by Devin Marcus
Larger Prey-Fiction by Richard Brown
Lover-Fiction by N. G. Leonetti
Sail Away-Fiction by Chris Allyne
Sleeping Again-Fiction by Russ Bickerstaff
The Poison Doorway-Fiction by Dionosio Traverso Jr.
The Tick Bite-Fiction by Robb T. White
Bake Sale Inspiration-Flash Fiction by Samantha Carr
Hotel with Full Amenities-Flash Fiction by William Kitcher
Reincarnation Jeopardy-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Sex Fiend-Flash Fiction by Karen Bayly
Witches' Sabbath-Poem by Mike Collins
Blood-Poem by Mike Collins
Death's Pornography-Poem by Mike Collins
Temptation-Poem by Mike Collins
Painting Light-Poem by Mike Collins
Dark Waltz-Poem by Marilyn Lou Berry
The Last Victim of Vlad the Impaler-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
The Bravest Ant-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
Ain't Alien Spores-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Giant Goldfish-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Igopogo-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Megamouth Has Cavities-Poem by Richard Stevenson

Witches Sabbath


Mike Collins


Let the ladies’ dance naked.

Old, and young.

Freed from

The fear of fathers

Brothers, and lovers

Whose sex in these harsh times

Keeps them chained.

Without a chance to be

Unafraid of their wrinkles,

Fatty lumps, or those scars

Left over from self-mutilation.


I wish to watch their bodies writhe,

Speaking in tongues

And laughing away

As they fly

Like bats hunting in the night.

There touch is not unlike

Mother Gaia

Ready to heal the rest of us

If we listen to their wants.


Most civilized groups would burn them

Or at least chastise their love

Of their bodies

And souls

But I only wish to be apart

Of this dance

To understand and let my own insecurities

Disappear with the fire.

Michael Collins is a writer, traveler, marine biologist, and teacher from New Jersey. He went to Ecker College in St. Petersburg Florida where he studied marine biology and creative writing. Afterwards he has has traveled to 34 countries, has enjoyed working with great white sharks, tree frogs, and coral reefs, and loves meeting and being a part of new cultures. His poems have been published in Infernal Ink and Bewildering Stories. The poem “Madhouse Soundtrack” was voted by the publishers of Bewildering Stories into their quarterly review issue for the October to January issue run of the magazine from 2018-2019. He is currently editing his science-fiction novel and teaching in Hungary.

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