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The Night Is a Carnival of Wings


Artwork: Courtney Bennett

Literary selection: June Oh


"The Night Is a Carnival of Wings," from Hellblazer

DC Comics

THE NIGHT IS A
CARNIVAL OF
WINGS
.
 
RISE NOW, INTO THIS SEETHING SKY.
BOIL ABOVE THE TOWER-GARDENS
WHERE BRIGHT AND FEARFUL
FLOWERS GROW THEIR LURID
BLOSSOMS IN DARK CAVERNS.
 
FOLLOW THEIR SCENT,
THE AIRBORNE FRAGRANCE
OF HUNGER.
 
THIS IS A PARADISE
OF DARK DESIRES.
 
BELOW, THE TREMBLING HEARTS BEAT OUT
THEIR TOM-TOM PULSE
OF DESPERATE NEED,
CALLING FOR PARTNERS
TO BEAR WITNESS - -
TO SHARE THEIR-
DANCE OF BARBED,
   CONSUMING
     PASSION.

 
I HEAR.
I COME TO PLUCK YOU - -
PETAL BY FLUTTERING PETAL.
TO PLANT MY FURIOUS SEEDS
IN THE BELLY OF YOUR
CHARRED ECSTASY - - TO
SAMPLE THE NECTAR OF
YOUR CRAVING WITH A
DISCERNING TONGUE.
 
O GLORIOUS, CONTORTED,
FRUITS OF AGONY,
FEED ME WITH THE WINE
OF SPOILED LUST.
 
SEE ME GROW.

Photo: Karah Smith