I lift a book and watch as dust particles catch air
(dust; tiny particles of waste matter lying on surfaces)
sentences stir, structure returns to life after slumber,
some things come back- having long been forgotten
(memory; the mental ability to retain and to recall
I turn pages with consideration, parts pressed back
through time, corners folded over where you wanted
to hold onto a moment for longer, retaining words
that came easy but were lost too soon.
My fingers trace the line of narrow spine still holding
onto crinkled paper like crisped skin that once held us
in firm holds to spite time.
If time was held in paper, I’d take it, like the pages
in this book and fold back the parts too piercing
for the memory and duplicate days where we held
minutes as monumental, recalling them later, after,
when dust settles and weeds overgrow the delusion
that we should have been more.
(Delusion; a fixed false belief, resistant to reason)
I lift the book and watch as dust catches air-
particles of spirits that still matter, recalled from pages
that once held them captive before their chapter came
to its conclusion.
(Conclusion; the end or finish of an event or text).
All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly
Halloween may be a month away but believe me; fear has come early this year. Tomorrow is the official release date for Gehenna and Hinnom’s Year’s Best Body Horror 2017 Anthology.
Do you like being scared; the fear finding its way into your flesh, hairs rising and sharpening, the silence being shattered by something sinister? Well go buy this wonderfully terrorizing book featuring a nerve wrecking collection of chilling tales to set your wits on end!
In the words of the publishers: Abodyemigphobia is the fear of the visceral aspects of the human body. Mutilation, alteration, and disfigurement at the epicenter of horror for many ages. In body horror we not only find something to fear, but we learn to fear ourselves.
How can one fear themselves? Why would something so natural disturb generations of readers?
Gehenna & Hinnom is honored to present the Year’s Best Body Horror 2017 Anthology, the most disturbing and blasphemous collection of horror to ever be read by human eyes. Enter the morose. Embrace the Unknown.
Oh, and I am in there too!
Available to purchase on kindle and that old classic book form.
Temptation turns me
like an open book
& you read
the truth of who I am
between the naked lines,
desire nowhere to hide.
All word and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly.