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Harris Coverley: Bloodbound

Art by Cindy Rosmus © 2023



by Harris Coverley


A most usual task:

A portrait fair and quick

Done with the airbrush


A grand old house

Brown and tall

Nestled in turquoise hedges


That exquisite young lady

Who took me upstairs

To a loft full of minor masterpieces


Revealing my medium

To glaze upon the canvas bare—

Her own blood!


What could I do?

My machine was ready

And my belly almost empty


I inserted the tube into her wrist

Thin and pallid as it already was

And sat her opposite my easel


Plasma deep and rich and fresh

Oxidising in its journey

From vein-bound royal blue


The outline of her precious face

Down to her swan-like neck

And across her slender shoulders


Drying as brown as the house’s bricks

Runnings smoothed with a millimetre brush

Abstract made into visage naturale


Taking a break for both to rest

She struggling ‘round to see my efforts—

“It’s lovely!” declared with weakened tongue


Then back to work!

The final strands of red to brown

The intricate fiddling of a perfectionist


“Done my lady!” proudly exclaimed

Yet exclaimed to a shrivelled corpse

Propped up in her chair with widest grin


Hung on the wall by my own hand

In that big and silent house

I closed the grand door after me


Leaving up within that loft:

Two smiling ladies

One of blood and one bereft


A day’s good work

For a month’s sustenance

The artist’s living.



Along with previously in Yellow Mama, Harris Coverley has had verse published in California Quarterly, Star*Line, Spectral RealmsScifaikuestPolu TexniSilver Blade, The Crank, Songs of Eretz Poetry ReviewAltered Reality Magazine, Apocalypse ConfidentialTigersharkCorvus ReviewView From Atlantis, and many others. He lives in Manchester, England.

Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Boardwalk, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. She has recently branched out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

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