Each word, threnody, inauspicious,
and unsettling, emanating from his ebony beak,
speaking in Poe’s voice, ascending
from within his decaying coffin, buried
at Westminster Hall and over my tedious head.
He speaks of bereavement,
resurrection from the grave,
hearts whispering tales and secrets
black cats wailing their forlorn laments
and disembodied voices, horrendous and sepulchral,
echoing within the walls, ghosts, sanity, and madness
while perched high on Poe’s tombstone
underneath the Harvest Moon’s scarlet light.
Each word conjures horrid nightmares,
and apparitions, inauspicious and irreligious,
with sepulchral and pale faces
and scarlet and charred black eyes,
staring and filling dread and madness within my soul.
Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer in poetry, short stories, flash fictions, fables, and completing her first novel. At a very young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically in fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a BA in English, she continued to expand her writing abilities at Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and by May 2017, graduated with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary. She is currently a Sunday School Teacher. She has numerously appeared in literary magazines including Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs, Truly Review, Mookychick, Moonchild Magazine, Crêpe & Penn, Cauldron Anthology, dream walking, Selcouth Station Magazine,The Wild Literary Magazine, Speculate This Magazine, Poetically Magazine, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, The Clay Literary Magazine, Re-Side, Dwelling Literary Magazine, and Coven Magazine.