A specter appears –
saturnine and phlegm,
standing and staring
at his decrypted, faded moss-covered grave.
He slowly turns and walks
through the small copper gate,
roaming through the cemetery.
His face, sepulchral, pale,
and cracked, like a statue’s face,
reflects gelidness and bereavement.
as eerie and disquieting
as the Hudson River,
while glancing upon
faded, forgotten names
on different tombstones, mausoleums,
and underneath each statue’s feet.
He turns his head
and in a low, despondent voice, he says,
“Foolish, callow soul,
beware of the headless horseman
for on this night, he rides
on his demon horse around
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, chasing
after a soul like yours to condemn forever
onto these grounds like me.”
He walks towards
the Headless Horseman Bridge,
dissipating into gray mist.
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 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.