On the eighth day of Halloween my true love gave to me… a reading of “She Waits.” This was also written for Nina D’Arcangela‘s Ladies of Horror monthly photo prompt.

Ryan Aussie Smith

Why did I write it? From May 2019, the image shows the statue of a horned goddess. She kneels in a river, pondering. I imagined her watching a new batch of tasty pilgrims approach. She welcomes their delusions. The last stanza is my favorite…

She savors
the pungent meat
of self-inflicted calamity
briny with weeping
fresh on the bone.

It reminds me of how we are so often our own worst enemies, weeping over situations we have done to ourselves. This is “She Waits,” written by me and performed by Ryan Aussie Smith for Nina D’Arcangela‘s Ladies of Horror monthly photo prompt.

She Waits, written by Angela Yuriko Smith and performed by Ryan Aussie Smith

You can find all the 13 Day recordings as they publish here.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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