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  Cover Issue 4 WHAT IF ICHABOD CRANE CRIED WOLF?

by ERIC MOSHE
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Skin, pale,

 

throat churning deer blood

 

Petrified fur, demeanor of a white wolf

 

slowly transfigures into Unspeakable Thing

 

What were once storybook nothings

 

settle into piles of innocent wool

 

snow-pressed rows of skulls play chess

 

watch caps still on their heads

 

red riding frozen fleece

 

through tyrannical passages

 

the tails of their newly anointed ‘souls’

 

flailing like three little piglets

 

on a cannibal farm

 

wearing schoolgirl outfits

 

while Betelgeuse watches

 

 

 

What if your precious policemen faded

 

would it be called anarchy

 

when men refused their posts

 

at grocery stores and town halls,

 

post offices,

 

or patrolling at children's parks

 

Kreuger-lites, Canaanites, no flashlights

 

pitchers of toxic water - not pitchforks

 

faces like flame

 

glaring oppressive

 

the rearing eyes of society’s death wish

 

 

 

What if the order of chaos

 

brought us back to prehistory?

 

Caravan tribes

 

matchsticks, farmland, barbarisms

 

Carnal wisdom

 

 

 

would you hug your luxury coat closely

 

for warmth, for security

 

For fear of the black wraith known as

 

Duality

 

 

 

count your coffee mugs full of blood, dirt

 

fatigue - the innumerable dose

 

of spirit caffeine

 

 

 

When you feel

 

Both sleepy, and hollow

 

when you wake up to hordes of thousands

 

carrying torches and burnt birth certificates

 

a lake of nightmare fluids

 

Will you choose to keep sleeping?

 

Or will you brave the cold tiles of the kitchen pantry

 

chin down,

 

walking straight toward an undead Jabberwocky

 

with a Corinthian flagpole & a hot temper

   
   

 

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Erik Moshe is frequently found at a crossroads in his life, denying hitchhikers a ride even though he may be the only person on the road. His work has been seen as an apparitional entity before in Gloom Cupboard, Spirit of the Stairway, Clutching at Straws, mad swirl, The Bactrian Room, and is forthcoming in Poetry.Pacific and The Camel Saloon. His favorite horror movie is Candyman, mainly because of the ghetto bathroom scene. He seeks to show folks the lighter side of human darkness. Find him at TheCentersphere.yolasite.com. 



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