Carl E. Reed
flicker in peripheral vision
from foreground to shadow;
but never accosts.
move through dust & cobwebs
splintered moonlight plays
sheet-covered trunks & furniture:
relics of brighter days.
stone & creaking floorboards
broken-winged granite angel
its face above my bones.
out; come out, beloved!
flickers, & whirls, & torments—
maddening, relentless, omni-present abstraction/revelation which haunts our
ghostly narrator but refuses to come into focus when stared at directly is:
“acceptance and recognition of his own death”.
Carl E. Reed is currently employed
as a roofing operations
specialist at a window, siding, and door company just outside Chicago. Former
jobs include: U.S. marine, long-haul trucker, improvisational actor, cab
driver, construction worker, and door-to-door encyclopedia salesman. His poetry
has been published in The Iconoclast, Spectral Realms, Black
Petals, & Deathlehem: Holiday Horrors; short stories in Black
Gate, newWitch, and Sci-Fi Lampoon magazines. “Dinner at
Winthrop’s: A Tale of Sufferance” was published 2020 in the weird romance
anthology Down the Rabbit Hole, vol. III. His most recent weird
fictions “Haunted House” and “Night Terror” will appear in Down the Rabbit
Hole, vol. IV: Madness. “The Candidate” will be published in
Penumbra #3. Additional short stories and poems are scheduled to be published
in 2022 and 2023 in various other venues.