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Relinquished Illusion of Us

written by: Christina Ciufo



Each flicker by the candle’s flame against our faces,
we are ghastly phantoms of our relinquished coveting
for each other. Your chivalrous face and smile,
which once captivated and captured my heart in your iron cage
now becomes hollow and sinful. Your transparent, removed
eyes reflect nothing, but the candle’s glow on the candlestick.
As I look at you with wisdom and awareness in my eyes,
you still hold onto the relinquished illusion of us.
You have become a melancholy phantom of your past self who
yearns for us to rekindle. Your cracked heart, like shattered
glass vase pieces on the floor, becomes remnants of our memories,
adrenaline and blood intermingling. Your apathetic mouth, like
a rustic sprinkler spewing trickles of water onto the flowers, spews
your pleads, your disillusionment and your lies, hoping I would believe
every word. My head, like a stern mother, did not concede to your deception.
Each flicker by the candle’s flame against our faces, we are ghastly phantoms of our relinquished coveting for each other. We are, but specters who continue to haunt each other’s dreams in the dead of night.

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and fables; she is completing her first novel. From a young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. She enjoys writing about these genres in various forms because she believes that telling stories about supernatural forces evokes a haunting and terrifying imagination that brings joy and fright. 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 has recently completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary and is currently a Sunday School Teacher at St. Timothy's. She has appeared in Gravitas, Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs I Writers, Vamp Cat Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Truly Review.
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