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 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 appeared in Gravitas, Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs, Vamp Cat Magazine, Z Publishing Ohio, Nightingale & Sparrow, Truly Review, Mookychick, Door is a Jar Magazine, Bonnie's Crew, The Poetry Question, Twist in Time Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, The Wolf Feeds Poetry, Crêpe & Penn, Marias at Sampaguitas, Cauldron Anthology, dream walking, Selcouth Station Magazine, Beneath The Fever, The Wild Literary Magazine, Speculate This Magazine Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine and The Clay Literary Magazine.