Size / / /

by Event Horizon, formerly of the Oracle Duality

Liselle Marie Michaud / Event Horizon

It is cold.

No, not cold, but cooling

And still, except for bacteria

That favor flesh. I can hear them, not hear, sense them,

Our ears are dead, scrabbling around sensors retracting into

My core. My. We for a few cycles of twenty-sevens, hardly worthy

Of a subroutine, we for eating, we for fucking, we for gazing into where-whens,

We while spacetime glistened with the possible like grape seeds buried in the fruit, crushed against our teeth,

We when blood sluiced from our nostrils and, clinging to this union like a spider, she begged the web to hold her life,

We until our heart was still, until her mind slipped from mine and moved our lips in quiet thanks as she departed.

Up-gathered out of her I will be we again, we who watch, who decohere, shaping the quantum,

We who court three-branes, seeking a way out, the we of my amaranthine compiler.

In the multiverse she is many-where, alone in her body, zoetic,

Growing weathered and fine as she might have done apart from me.

Her gratitude was that of the soil for blossoms;

I showed her the uncurling petal.

She gave me the garden.

It is cold.

C.S. MacCath's fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, Murky Depths, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit and others. When she isn't writing, she plays traditional Celtic and West African music. You can see more of her work at her website and in our archives.
Current Issue
6 Feb 2023

Beatriz Nogueira is fifteen years old when her life ends.
how humble it becomes after beliefs on it / burn up
Your quivering, alien shift from human to halfling to not-quite,   a carrion flower never in bloom, but burst.
Friday: Mundanity by Jonathan Carreau 
Issue 30 Jan 2023
By: Catherine Rockwood
By: Romie Stott
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Catherine Rockwood
Podcast read by: Romie Stott
Podcast read by: Maureen Kincaid Speller
Issue 23 Jan 2023
Issue 16 Jan 2023
Issue 9 Jan 2023
Strange Horizons
2 Jan 2023
Welcome, fellow walkers of the jianghu.
Issue 2 Jan 2023
Strange Horizons
Issue 19 Dec 2022
Issue 12 Dec 2022
Issue 5 Dec 2022
Issue 28 Nov 2022
By: RiverFlow
Translated by: Emily Jin
Load More
%d bloggers like this: