Home
Editor's Page
YM Valentine's Day Writing Contest
YM Artists' Page
"Skeeter", the Official YM Mascot
YM Guidelines
Contact Us & Links to Other Sites
Factoids
Ding-Fiction by JD Baker
The Boy With the Straw Hat-Fiction by Steve Carr
Vickie's Revenge-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
The Confession-Fiction by Joan Leotta
My Affair-Fiction by Elena Smith
Sulfur-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Treehouse-Fiction by Andrew Davie
The Biggest Fans-Fiction by John J. Dillon
Guarding the Koi Pond-Fiction by Cecilia Kennedy
The Only Way to Fly-Fiction by Tom Andes
Written by Slade Stevens-Fiction by Chris Alleyne
Slaying the Siren-Fiction by Dionisio Traverso, Jr.
An Education-Flash Fiction by Jon Park
Don't Move-Flash Fiction by Pam Ebel
Fashion Statement-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
No Pepsi, Coke-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
Sasha Takes Another Shot-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Bloody Daydream-Poem by Wayne Jermin
9173, 1803, 0094-Poem by John Doyle
Postfontaine-Poem by John Doyle
The Bullet of the Assassin-Poem by John Tustin
The Monster-Poem by John Tustin
Rely on the Moon-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Trembling Shadows-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Caught, hooked-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
I'm Swimming and It's Late Autumn-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
Don't...!-Poem by Harris Coverly
Helios Grimm-Poem by Harris Coverly
Hunter-Poem by Harris Coverly
immobile death mask-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
moonless night-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
moonlit breeze through a forest-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
shadowu-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
A New Life-Poem by John Grey
Matilda-Poem by John Grey
Moira Walks Home Late at Night-Poem by John Grey
The Head-Poem by John Grey
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
ALAT
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

88_ym_matilda_amr.jpg
Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

MATILDA

 

by John Grey

 

She has a black cat,

its eyes the color of rubies,

its paws as silent as the death,

but a purr as subtle, as mysterious,

as the dead rising.

 

And a blackbird of course,

that could be crow,

could be raven,

could be something in feathered guise

as it roosts up in the eaves,

occasionally alights on her shoulder,

cackles in her ear.

 

She’s young and beautiful at times,

a wrinkled crone at others.

She loves to drift through graveyards

late at night, scattering the owls,

rousing the cadavers from

their worm-riddled beds.

Some claim to have seen her

waltzing with a ghoul,

others bent and white-haired,

soaring on an eagle’s skeletal wings.

 

Folks keep their distance,

go nowhere near her ramshackle house

at the end of a lane of withered trees.

They say one look upon her face

and a woman is struck immediately infertile,

and a man seduced by her beauty

will end up in the crippled arms of her

hideous true self.

 

Some say she is three hundred years old.

With her bent back, leather features,

stumbling down the road with her shopping bags,

she doesn’t look a day over death.

 

 

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident, recently published in Penumbra, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Hollins Critic. Latest books, Leaves on Pages and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Lana Turner and International Poetry Review.


Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021