Bell Haven Mansion is inauspicious,
and somberness. Flute notes, melancholy
and eerie, from the decrypted hallways
and across the mansion’s grounds,
echoing misfortune, yearning,
sorrow, and bereavement.
Moonlight on the grounds –
revealing a young woman,
despondent and nescient.
Her face, graceful and callow,
is lugubrious and pale, reflects
her heart, gelid and stolid,
appetency for her lost love.
as unsettling and bone-chilling
as a statue’s eyes, with melancholy tears
streaming, like the Mianus River.
She roams on the grounds, searching –
her voice, alluring and somberness,
like a mermaid in a lagoon,
singing for her sailor, laments for her lover.
The flute and her voice ceases –
a voice, bellowed, callous,
and impious, comes from the mansion’s
door saying, “A flute’s settled and sweet notes
and a graceful and beautiful voice, like an angel,
can fill the mansion with bliss and you, young lovers,
would be together here for all eternity. Come inside.”
The lovers dissipate,
while the grounds of Belle Haven Mansion
become inauspicious and silent in the dead of night.
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.