Sshhhhh..... Put your ears on the wall. There's a vile element in the concrete, A phantasm of the moors. This scullery is built atop what once was a necropolis and they buried masses of all hues six feet under. Surely, the children have played here and even spotted a finger bone or two near the tree. Listen, stand here. Somebody gargles, hisses a curse, then 'Deux Ex Machina' or invokes a native sermon. It thrills me but grips like a vice like how Master's eyes lock with mine, a tinge of forbidden desires in the slow steps he takes towards the kitchen door. *** Sshhhhh.... Hear. Nuns and sinners alike speak various tongues. Confessions afoot with the decaying yellow haunting of the afternoon. The very light is stricken, diseased, separate from the entities of the night that lurk like Lizzie and Bridget, their secrets bitten under every lip. The cat sits there, breathing and seeming as placid as Granny on her rocking chair. The phantasm from the moors glows in the shadowed veil of this room and then whispers a dirty secret in my ears. Stone cold and frigid as the history of this town. Did you hear it?
Previously published in Visual Verse.
The writer’s name is Prithvijeet Sinha from Lucknow, India. He is a post graduate in MPhil from the University of Lucknow, having launched his prolific writing career by self publishing on the worldwide community Wattpad since 2015 and on his WordPress blog An Awadh Boy’s Panorama(https://anawadhboyspanorama.wordpress.com/)
Besides that, his works have been published in several varied publications as Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Piker Press Online, anthology Pixie Dust and All Things Magical published by Authors Press( January, 2022), Cafe Dissensus, The Medley, Screen Queens, Confluence- South Asian Perspectives, Reader’s Digest, Borderless Journal, Lothlorien Poetry, Live Wire, Rhetorica Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Chamber Magazine, The Quiver Review, Dreich Magazine, Visual Verse and in the children’s anthology Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poems From Around The World ( AuthorsPress, February 2021), among others.