The Surgeon

I closed his chest, stitch by stitch, Life renewed with heartbeats itch. A boy, perhaps, of sixteen years, Yet I, to Death, owed arrears.  For from his clutch, with surgeon’s knife, I snatched away my patient’s life.                                                     Each day the boy went strength to strength, Any wound should heal at length. Or so I […]

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The Laughing Man

“Pull back the veil on life, love and the future my dearies… just a penny and I shall gaze into the great beyond.” Shrieks of giddy joy permeated through the thick tendrils of incense, interspersed with the rush of wheels on wooden tracks. Subdued candlelight picked out tarot cards, a collection of crystals and glinted […]

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O’ Tannenbaum

Once upon a time there was a tree. It was quite the most wondrous tree in all of the Schwarzwald. Folk travelled for miles to marvel at its verdant branches. It was said that anyone who laid their eyes upon the tree wept with joy, until their heart was cleansed and their vigour renewed. Bards […]

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Sinners

“May God have mercy on your souls.” Several ‘souls’ slouched in the ramshackle pews. Summer, sweaty and halcyon by opposing measures eked on, throwing long shadows across the tiled floor. The very air was heavy, incense cloying as it wound its way along the nave. Once bright tapestries donated by “christians for youth” now hung […]

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Carol Of The Bells

There are still places, as yet, untouched by the modern world. Where words still possess the ability to cast spells. Such places hold ancient magic, long forgotten by society. Myths and legends pass as they ever have, from grandfathers to grandchildren, the old to the young and spill through the quiet nights of close friends. […]

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