Black Petals Issue #90 Winter, 2020

The Sea
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

The Sea



Jason Rice


As I was walking to the Sea

A dancing figure I did see.

She skipped and dipped,

Hair wild and whipped;

Her eyes blazed sharp and free.


I drew closer to the Sea;

The figure turned to look at me.

Truth be told,

My blood ran cold,

For I’d never seen the like of She.


I stood frozen by the Sea

And marveled at how it could be:

Skin green and blue

And golden too,

Eyes like diamonds

Piercing me.

I was trembling ‘fore the Sea

When the Vision spoke to me.

“Oh mortal fair...”

She stroked my hair

“I would thrust and writhe with thee.”


I was pulled into the Sea.

The Demon silenced every plea

With lips like fire;

I felt desire

Burst from deep inside of me.


I threw myself beneath the Sea;

No longer did I wish to flee.

As I held her hips,

Slipped through Her lips,

Madness danced with lust in me.


I passed far beyond the Sea

To waters so few mortals see.

We grasp and roll

In inky cold

Where monsters sleep

And dead men keep

The flames of blue

And silver too

So far below

So very deep.



Jason Rice,, of New York City, NY, who wrote BP #90’s “The Sea” (+ BP #89’s poem, “The Well”) is a 48-year-old culinary instructor living in Manhattan. He just started writing horror and occult-themed poetry about a year and a half ago (2018). This is his first published piece outside of school magazines and he’s very proud to be joining the great writers of Black Petals.

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