Black Petals Issue #90 Winter, 2020

Lycanthrope's Lament
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 Lycanthrope’s Lament


Hillary Lyon

My skin is too tight;
muscle crowds against bone;
deepest hunger rumbles
my soul. My curse:

Blood rising like magma
from the molten core of my being,
blood pulling the dead moon
to my aching body.

In the mirror of your eye
I am the monster—
brooding, ravenous, a storm
swelling above desert.

Touch me, I burst—
spittle scalds; red claws rend.
Better you step aside—
better yet, you hide.

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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