Death As Therapy, Lullacries & HWA’s Poetry Contest

Photo by Anton-kurt/Wikimedia | Copyright: Public Domain

Photo by Anton-kurt/Wikimedia | Copyright: Public Domain

Today was one of those cranky, over stressed days where the only way to feel better is to kill someone. Luckily, fictional murder is more therapeutic than I imagine real murder is. Since I’m still celebrating poetry this month, I did my dark deed in verse. Cheap, effective therapy.

On a related note, there’s a dark poetry contest held by the Horror Writer’s Association this month. Poems must be unpublished and they prefer free verse, so this one is out on two counts. I am working on one for it though, which I’m sure will be shared here at some point. Enter the second annual HWA Horror Poetry Showcase  contest here. Entry is open to anyone.

And here is my therapy for today’s awful day:


The night is dark and so am I

so let me sing a lullaby

of slippery souls and fading faces,

empty eyes and haunted places.

The rusted gate shrieks I love you

to each and every passer-thru

who came to see you lying here

with stifled cry and crusted tear.

The night is dark and so am I

as I hear your final, lulling cry.


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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