Unsuspected, the blade sheathed in soft silk, as we blindfold ourselves with the attire of kinder roles, as if kin to the ilk of angels whose white wings often aspire toward toplofty clouds, though we steal from the calf its milk, or the lambkin its veal, to render the comforts of our kingdom; the wool, the cream, the calfskin, each filling meal.
How stained are our hands with the coins we snatch from the pouch we slit in a neighbor’s throat, that crimson pouch without zipper or patch, which, once opened, now gapes as the scapegoat sacrificed to devils for devotions while we bleat like innocent lambs lined up for slaughter—Bravo! Our martyr notions would have us, shameless, on such scapegoats sup!
But lo! The blade betrays its brutal truth, reflecting killer in a crimson sheen, the guilty stained with victim blood, forsooth, and not so easy a thing to scrub clean, nor does silk conceal the guilt wrought therefrom, but bleeds through, leaking for all to see lest the witness make blindfold wherefrom anointed he, too, is likewise guilty.
Shun the shade! Forfeit the silk! Forsake yet the dagger and rending the bloody purse! Abandon evil, its comforts, forget aught else lest you reap the tannery’s curse! Such a world is for scapegraces alone and its light illumes by human tallow while the eyes flinch from what is thereby shown, sheathed in silk alike to Justice, fallow.
Stephen Marshall. Writer, illustrator, layabout. Find him on Amazon, maybe. He has paperback and kindle books listed there. He seems to have a knack for the Romance genre, much to his chagrin. Having pursued Children's literature he is particularly proud of his Children's novel series "Lost And Found", which begins with "Chloe Among The Clover", continues recently with "Stormy Within The Strawberry Patch" and may, in some future potentiality, culminate with "Candice Through The Picket Fence". These are novels for children (including his insistent nephew), but they are also written for adults who are children at heart. His short story collection, "The Eldritch Diaries", centers primarily upon Cosmic Horror and Body Horror, combining Lovecraft's mythos with the motifs of Sigmund Freud. His largest poetry collection, "Broken Crown Kings", contains over two hundred poems and two short novellas concerning the fleeting nature of the world and Man's place within it. Recently he has published a smaller book of poetry concerning Kentucky, Moonshine, and Ghosts called "Moonshine And Spirit Chasers". A much larger collection, entitled '"Nevermore" 99 Rhymes For $0.99' is also available. For those seeking supernatural and folklore, his collection "Weeping Cherry" is available also. The copy in print features original watercolor illustrations.
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