Black Petals Issue #107, Spring, 2024

Editor's Page
BP Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
(After) Life is What You Make It: Fiction by Richard Brown
Gauche Cuisine: Fiction by Gordon L. Stewart
Here's to Forgetfulness: Fiction by Roger Johns
Insights Into the Trajectory of Human Cetacean Communication: Fiction by Andre Bertolino
Mal Ojo: Fiction by M. N. Wiggins
No Dark: Fiction by Bill Dougherty
Overtime: Fiction by Dennison Sleeper
A Cut Above the Rest: Fiction by Roy Dorman
Resemblance: Fiction by James McIntire
Sign of the Times: Fiction by Liam A. Spinage
The Attic Party: Fiction by Michael Fowler
The Renovators: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Balance: Flash Fiction by Rick McQuiston
Bawk Dark: Flash Fiction by Michael C. Jessen
The Incident With the Mismatched Man: Flash Fiction by Charles C. Cole
Radio Tower: Flash Fiction by Blair Orr
Take Me With You: Flash Fiction by Steven French
Slippery: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Where Dead Babies Come From: Poem by Nolcha Fox
302 Asylum Avenue: Poem by Joseph Danoski
Another Story: Poem by Joseph Danoski
Home Repairs: Poem by Joseph Danoski
A Creepy Leap Year: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Funeral Memorial: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
BatGrl: Poem by Casey Renee Kiser
Twin Flame: Poem by Casey Renee Kiser
Shadow Play: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Dark Ride: Poem by Simon MacCulloch
Leviathans of the Void: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Sunbursts: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Into the Eyes: Poem by Anthony Bernstein
Airtime: Poem by Peter Mladinic
Gloria: Poem by Peter Mladinic
The Sorcerer: Poem by C. Walker
Frozen Eve: Poem by C. Walker

Anthony Berstein: Into the Eyes

Into the Eyes


Anthony Bernstein


Between her father's fist

and angry slap,

under his savage hand,

his leather strap,

within a ghastly circle

of a dozen drooling family men,


below a turbulent sky

piling insane purple clouds,

filling the heavens and threatening

a murderous deluge,


beneath her home's gilded archway

triggering constant reminders

that haunt, harangue and cut

deep red ribbons of meat.


before the shining stars

and well manicured streets

of Beverly hills


and behind the shattered visage

of this seething teen beauty

broken into pieces

by a secret fury,

broken into pieces

between her father's fist

and angry slap,

and under his savage hand,

clot serpentine nursery visions

into future solutions chiseled to a fine point,

and gushing buckets of crimson laughter

through her baby-soft, sour cherry lips

straight into the eyes

of a dozen stricken candy men.

Anthony Bernstein is a writer of strange poems and tales, he is also an accomplished musician, beginning his writing journey as lyricist for his edgy Rock bands. Originally from NYC, in the mid-nineties Bernstein moved to Providence RI, land of H.P. Lovecraft. Presently he lives with two cats, rescues. He's made over fifty-nine laps around the sun so far. His writing appears in dozens of publications, including Space and Time, Rhysling Anthology, PanGaia and the now defunct Cthulhu sex magazine. 

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