Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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The Compliance Officer

by Daniel C. Smith

To be human
is to be vulnerable,
no one knew that
better than he--
under the color
of authority
he hid in the open.

We felt his eyes
following us
and we feared
but something darker
lurked under that uniform--
something more sinister
was hiding
behind the badge.

Now we never
look at anyone
quite the same.

© 2007 Daniel C. Smith

Daniel Smith has published over one hundred short stories and poems in various publications and anthologies, including Tales of the Talisman and AlienSkin.  Recently he won an honorable mention in the 18th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for poetry.

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