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Michael Keshigian: Midnight Molt

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2024

MIDNIGHT MOLT

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

He sat upon the veranda,

straining to put pen to paper,

pursuing thoughts

that might relieve

the unexplained irritability

haunting him

through the cold, dark moments

following midnight.

Dim, iridescent moonbeams

created ominous silhouettes

from shadowed branches

upon the wall behind

that undulated menacingly

in the gentle breeze

like a cobra with fangs bared

that without notice,

precisely entangled his hair

and delicately penetrated

the smooth surface of skin,

reaching the recesses of his brain

to charm stubborn words

and nocturnal thoughts

from out the lair

that incited him to inscribe,

upon fresh molt,

a venom which would devour

an unsuspecting prey.

 

 

Michael Keshigian had his 14th poetry collection, What to Do With Intangibles released by Cyberwit.net. He has been published in numerous national and international journals, including Oyez Review, Red River Review, Sierra Nevada College Review, Oklahoma Review, and Chiron Review and has appeared as feature writer in twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 3 Best Of The Net nominations.

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

Sadly, Ann Marie passed away in January, 2023...

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024