The third and final excerpt from my seventh anthology, “Men in Paper Coats” available January 10.
I am a demon with the best intentions,
keeping tenuous alliances with
my fellow spawn.
I watch the sun rise every dawn
in a land of fire, Eden’s pyres smouldering
I haven’t seen night the way one fears dark;
I haven’t watched the moon without an eclipse shadowing my heart.
My father is a Lucifer, oh
mother, eldest of the
In a lineage that spans centuries and moments,
eras and interpretations, I’m taken by
a beautiful hell, into places I’ve never felt the
Fahrenheits reach us.
I am a monster with more words than
could not teach.
But I believe heat does more
than scorch, it can warm;
like a torque that inches
subzero misery toward
I am a son to
evil incarnate but
heard he’s largely harmless,
I am a monster
but I try to be brave,
for someday there may only
be monsters and I’ll need
to be saved from