Black Petals Issue #90 Winter, 2020

Female Mischief

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
BP Artists and Illustrators
1957-Fiction by Michael J. Moore
Black Dog-Fiction by C. P. Webster
Curse of the Candles-Fiction by Jerry Payne
Death Rattle-Fiction by Jan Cronos
Estranged-Fiction by Alan Trezza
The Return of the Ferryman-Serialized Fiction by Roy Dorman
The Scarlet Bedroom-Fiction by Daniel K. Merwin
The Soul Destroyer-Fiction by James Flynn
The Packing Bay-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Jizo-A four-poem Japanes Theme Set by Dee Allen
Blood-Red Drops-Poem by Chris Collins
The Great Universe-Poem by Hicham El Qendouci
Female Mischief-Poem by Hillary Lyon
Worm-Poem by Hillary Lyon
The Lycanthrope's Lament-Poem by Hillary Lyon
The Sea-Poem by Jason Rice

Female Mischief


Hillary Lyon

let’s deconstruct a rainbow
one brick at a time let’s build a carnival gate
at the bridge to hell sell fishing permits
at the shores of the abyss a party for everyone with a mask
in place of a face


slip into a pair of goat’s hooves
look behind you—the devil
made tracks in the sand with a finger like a bent twig
plow a diagram the rendering of an evil
wish the plane crash the car wreck
the permanent vanishing

(open sesame)

confetti and ash—dirge and anthem
my party dress is laser-cut
paper lace my black veil trails
sparks—the velvet lining
my doll heart tilts my eyes
open close open pull my string
I’ll curse you just as much as I can
love you

       do I
              scare you

Hillary Lyon,, who wrote BP #90’s poems, “Female Mischief,” “The Lycanthrope’s Lament,” and “Worm” (+ BP #87’s “There’s an App for That” tale and the 3-poem set, “Cottonmouth,” “In the Flickering,” and “Ode to the Face on the Missing Person Poster”; BP #85’s “Bottle Music,” BP #83’s “Strange Music Follows Her Everywhere,” and BP #78’s “The Lucky Break”) lives in southern Arizona, where she founded and still edits poetry journals for Subsynchronous Press, an Arizona-based independent poetry publisher. An SFPA Rhysling Award nominated poet, her poems have appeared in publications such as Eternal Haunted Summer, Illumen, Scfifaikuest, Farther Stars Than TheseDisturbed Digest, and Dreams& Nightmares, as well as numerous anthologies. When not writing, she creates illustrations for horror and pulp fiction publications.


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