Black Petals Issue #103, Spring, 2023

Editor's Page
BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
All the Sky Is Waiting to Be Told: Fiction by Daniel I. Clark
Fire Sale: Fiction by Christopher Pate
Kregah: Fiction by Ron Capshaw
The Beauty of Machinery: Fiction by Hayden Seay
The Cold Sore: Fiction by Chris McGuinness
The Lake: Fiction by Harper Hargis
The Price: Fiction by Josh Hanson
The Tailbone Is Connected to the Hipbone: Fiction by Michael Fowler
The Thorn Tree: Fiction by Lawrence Buentello
They: Fiction by Tony Ayers
Work Experience: Fiction by Martin Taulbut
Burns: 3 Connected Drabbles by Hillary Lyon
Grandma Medusa: Flash Fiction by M. L. Fortier
I'm So Sorry, Computer: Flash Fiction by M. L. Fortier
Invasive: Flash Fiction by Paul Radcliffe
Jumper: Flash Fiction by Kurt Hohmann
Personal Things: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Good Doctor: Flash Fiction by Ron Capshaw
Another Tomato Invasion, Again: Poem by I. N. Shimabuku
Curse of the Crazies: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Ghosted: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Meteor Moon: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Halo Around the Sun: Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Maker's Image: Poem by Bindi Lavelle
Specimen: Poem by Bindi Lavelle
Blood-stained Jupiter: Poem by Meg Smith
Cat Science: Poem by Meg Smith
Mortician's Powder: Poem by Meg Smith
The Pinups of the Afterlife: Poem by Meg Smith
Dark Gate Park: Poem by Meg Smith
A turntable fabricates hope during the apocalypse in 3 parts: Poem by Dennis Bagwell
Reverend Mother Munchausen: Poem by Sophia Wiseman-Rose
Whispers of Winter: Poem by Ashley N. Goodwin
A Man Is Nothing Without His Wife: Poem by Ashley N. Goodwin

Bindi Lavelle: Maker's Image

Maker's Image


By Bindi Lavelle


Metallic motion

Artificial and fluid

Limbs crafted

From steel by the maker's hand

Movement executed

By design

For desires

Destruction and production

Outcomes from output

Following the maker's vision

Human goals lead to corruption

And in the machine's hand,

Corruption becomes production

Greed becomes need

Desires by design

From dark recesses of the maker's mind

Dark desire


Repeat and increase efficiency

Metallic malice

In the image of the maker.


Bindi Lavelle is a proud Wakka-Wakka woman, based in Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia,where she lives with her cat Scully. She has worked largely in non-fiction, having written for, Infernal Dreams, Horror Novel Review, Impulse Gamer, and Fantasy Book Review, in addition to being a previous Redlit finalist. Bindi is also a worker's rights advocate, Bindi has  received an Emma Miller award and participated in the Anna Stewart memorial project. Bindi is an editor for and is a lover of all things strange and unusual.

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