A Haunted Triptych

“I treasure our nights together roaming through these empty hallways”

Ghost Sonnets by TS S. Fulk
Assemblage Art by Claudio Parentela

Dream Ghost

You haunt me in my dreams

like a sucking lamprey 

stealing vitae and mind

In my dreams I cannot

help but want to love you

as I once did before

Yet upon waking I regret

the day I willingly let you

sink psychic tendrils deep within

slowly eating with their barbed teeth

Even now freed from your clutches

I can still feel the sensation

of your leech-like nightmare caress

leaving my heart weak and weary

As I buried your corpse

I must entomb your hungry soul

To Cherish and to Hold

I treasure our nights together

roaming through these empty hallways

your pithy kisses gently tread

like faint footfalls from seraphim

each swift embrace purloins my breath

a parasitic act for sure

one that I gladly tolerate

as a nostalgic remembrance

I’ll collect the courage

to follow you someday

in your spectral half-life

but for now I’m content

with kisses from the past

swirling round like whispers

Not even in death do us part

My dear and sweet lover.

Kindred Spirit

I hear your heart when you’re hiding

back deep in the linen closet

The violent toxic noise downstairs

burns like a red-hot iron rod

directly through your fragile soul

You whimper, yet you do not cry

refusing that grotesque pleasure 

a simple defiant gesture

If I still had a heart

beating in time with yours

I would hug you dearly

your head against my breast

My ethereal touch 

calm whispers in your hair

For I too lived with a monster

until arsenic’s relief

About the Author

TS S. Fulk, a neurodiverse English teacher and textbook author, lives with his neurodiverse family in Sweden. After getting a B.A. in Music and M.A.T. Secondary Education: English from Kent State University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, he taught English in Prague, CZ before settling down in Sweden. Besides teaching and writing, TS S. Fulk is an active musician playing bass trombone, the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and the Swedish bumblebee dulcimer (hummel). His poetry has been (or will be) published  by numerous presses including The Light EkphrasticThe Button Eye ReviewThe Fairy Tale MagazineJourn-EThe Red Ogre Review, Perennial Press, Lovecraftiana and Wingless Dreamer.

About the Artist

Claudio Parentela is an artist and a journalist from Italy.

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