Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Four Angles

by Gary William Crawford

They are taking my picture
from four angles.
They are the monitors of mystery,
the wicked lawmen
in the shadow city.

I pick at the scab
of my madness
until it bleeds again.
Why do they do this to me?
I have harmed no one.
Yet they call me on the phone
speaking in a coded language.
I cannot understand why
they mock and taunt me

They take me to a hospital
in the garbage dump
outside the shadow city.
“This is the proper place for you,”
say the monitors of mystery.
Every day they take
my picture from four angles.

I forever read with four eyes
a passage in one of their horrible bibles,
and await the darkness.

© 2005 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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