In the next room, the magicians open doors of perception with chord progressions and minor keys tuned to seraphic ears. The humanoid in me recoils as the walls start to flake. Snow drifts of asbestos and denial cover my scattered volumes of Crowley and Sederis and Dee. The manipulative, dulcet voices of a radio station pledge drive are drowned out as the seraphim politely knock on the wall which registers at 8.9 on the heart chakra scale of everyone within a .5 mile radius. I open an umbrella to keep the ash out of my eyes, my wig, my alligator-shaped Kate Spade bag which cost me half a month's rent. The walls between myself and the magicians and the seraphim crumble to dust. The seraphim fly outward, their swords sharpened within a hair’s breath to sever the heads of couch-bound Super Bowl fans, the umbilici between the conspirators and the Internet, and to inspire the once-fallen warriors of the Occupy Movement to pick their bodies up off the ground and sound a rallying cry for revolution. Covered up to my neck in 20th century dross, I fall asleep to the white noise of the Facebook news feed while the seraphim organize the ranks for latte breaks at Starbucks.
Marie Lecrivain is the executive editor and publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, a Pushcart Prize nominee, photographer, and is a writer in residence at her apartment. Her words and art have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including: Cuib Nest Nido, Edgar Allen Poetry Journal, Haibun Today,The Los Angeles Review, The Poetry Salzburg Review, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Spillway, Tree Killer Ink, A New Ulster, and others. Marie's newest collection of poetry, Love Poems... Yes... REALLY... Love Poems (© 2013 Sybaritic Press) is available through Amazon.com. She is also the editor of several anthologies, including the upcoming Near Kin: Words and Art inspired by Octavia E. Butler (© 2014 Sybaritic Press). Her avocations include photography, meditation, alchemy, marmosets, H.P. Lovecraft, the number seven, and the letter S.