Black Petals Issue #92, Summer, 2020

The Beggar Knows

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Mars-Chris Friend
Misty Page-A Game of Chess
Sean M. Carey-Chilled Bones Under Lovely Skin
Roy Dorman-Death in the Round Room, Part IV
Lael Braday-Magical Perspective
Matt Spangler-Master Smasher
Lena Abou-Khalil-The Nowhere Man
Grace Sielinski-'Port
Gavin McGarvey-The Black Petals
Marc Dickerson-Theater is Dead
C. S. Harbold-The Whispering
Dean Patrick-Vincent's Warning
Doug Park-We Get Him Together
Joseph Hurtgen-Worlds to Conquer
Mickie Bolling-Burke-The Bringer of Darkness
Aaron Hicks-The Last Days
Cindy Rosmus-Out of Juice
Matthew Wilson-Endless Men's Hate
Michael Steven-Hell Rift
Sean Goulding-Hypnagogic
David C. Kopaska-Merkel-In the Land of Giants
Loris John Fazio-The Thing in the Woods
Loris John Fazio-The Beggar Knows
Richard Stevenson-Peg Leg
Richard Stevenson-The Alkali Lake Monster
Richard Stevenson-The Green Man

The Beggar Knows

by Loris John Fazio



the beggar knows

the metropolitan mysteries

written on the walls

in the language of the nightcrawlers

he laughs at the shadows

and the shadows laugh with him

       beware of his laughter

his eyes can see the signs of forces

conspiring to humble

those who are self-righteous

      beware of his gaze


the master slumbers

on a throne of rust

and the shadows awaken behind him

the long outstretched arms of fate

gather like clouds of smoke

above his head

rainclouds filled with blood

waiting for a crimson storm

Loris John Fazio is a young man with a passion for poetry living in Catania, on the sunny Italian island of Sicily. He has felt a fascination for the horror genre ever since reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror at age twelve. He holds a BA in Philosophy and has published haiku in various journals such as Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest and Better Than Starbucks.

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