Aphelion Issue 290, Volume 27
December 2023 / January 2024
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Heart of Stone

by Alexis Child

Who will you die for
With your naked faith?
I burn down the sky
So that God will fall into us
You will lead me somewhere
I've never been
And I'll leave my mind behind
Inlaid with dull chaos

There are eyes watching us
Their voices low on the wind
They witness this waiting
of illusions chosen as reality
Marking time on the earth
with their footsteps

I hold onto nothing
Stones under my tongue
Hungry, desirous, wanting
Sad rocks in my pocket
As an offering to the bald-headed gods
A single tear for all that's left behind

Talisman of tongues
Climb into my mouth
And tempt me back to myself again
Walk upon my forgotten body
This is my first goodbye
My soul bleeding by your faithless side

© 2015 Alexis Child. All rites reserved until the worms crawl in…

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; horror in its purest form: a calculated crime both against the aspirations of the soul and affections of the heart. She worked at a Call Crisis Centre befriending demons of the mind that roam freely amongst her writings and lived with a Calico-cat child sleuthing all that went bump in the night and is haunted by the memory of her cat. She is once again signed to Nostilevo Records in the near future. Her goth rock band, Ceremony 7 will be re-issued on this record label in the Fall.

Her fiction has been featured in The House of Pain, Screams of Terror, SpecFicWorld.com, The Official Fields of the Nephilim Site, SinisterCity, and U.K.'s Dark Of Night Magazine. Her poetry has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Black Petals, Blood Moon Rising, Estronomicon eZine, Death Head Grin, Midnight Lullabies Anthology, Sein und Werden, The Horror Zine, and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, "Devil in the Clock," will be released in print in the future by Witchfinder Press.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/

Find more by Alexis Child in the Author Index.