Aphelion Issue 233, Volume 22
October 2018
 
Editorial    
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Poetry
Features
Series
Archives
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Forum
Flash Writing Challenge
Forum
Dan's Promo Page
   

The Essence of Me

by Lea Ann Douglas


Just an inch away,
writhing toward me,
Is my ancestry,
so near,
tuckled up to my cells and sinews.

Far off in some misty before now,
Dark Mother of me,
O come feed your theotrope childer.
Too far removed from the wellspring,
The ancestral font,
To stalk the night on my own.

But close enough to hunger...

Drawing my blood like the moon rules the tides,
I feel the undertow of craving.


© 2006 Lea Ann Douglas

Lea Ann Douglas is a professor of English and philosophy, living in Virginia. Her plays have been seen in Los Angles, Virginia, Arizona and London. Her short stories have appeared in Aphelion, Dream Passage, Asgard, and Cruinnaiu. She is currently editor for the fantasy fiction magazine Cruinnaiu and co-editor of an anthology of erotic horror fiction and poetry.

Find more by Lea Ann Douglas in the Author Index.

Comment on this story in the Aphelion Forum

Return to Aphelion's Index page.