Gargoyle of Longing
by Ann K. Schwader
Lost desire calcifies
tear by tear on the stripped bones
some fading prayer left
there is nothing inside
but a breath of derision
the merest quiver of cobwebs burdened
by foolishness of flies
entombs itself in earth unless
rejected even there
lays down its own slow sediments
of pain & rain
familiar as a heartbreak.
K. Schwader lives and writes in Westminster, CO. Architectures of
Night, her most recent chapbook of dark verse, appeared last year from
Dark Regions Press. Her first collection of mainly Lovecraftian fiction,
Stars & Alien Shadows, was published last fall by Lindisfarne
Press. Her poetry has also appeared in Weird Tales, Best of Dreams
of Decadence, The Formalist, Magazine of Speculative Poetry,
Horizons, and elsewhere. She is an active member of both SFWA
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