Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Dead Pan

by Gary William Crawford

You looked at me strangely:
a dead pan for a dead man.
As the days passed in the shadow city:
another look from one of your friends
that reflected your look.
Then a few days later:
another look from another
of your friends
that mirrored the previous one.

Yet another look from another friend
that mirrored the first.
Then one night:
a look from another
of your friends
through my bedroom window.

Why is it that there are
some changes in my body,
terrible changes,
as I look in my bedroom mirror
and see you staring back?

© 2004 Gary William Crawford

Gary Crawford is the author of two books of poetry, Poems of the Divided Self and In Shadow Lands, and the short story collection Gothic Fevers. I have published works of literary scholarship and criticism, such as Ramsey Campbell, J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography, and Robert Aickman: An Introduction. He is also the founder and editor of Gothic Press (http://www.gothicpress.com/.)

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