Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Demon’s Whisper: Morningstar” by Paul Edward Costa. Mr. Costa has previously published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in: Timber Journal, Yesteryear Fiction, Entropy, Thrice Fiction, Emerge Literary Journal, The J.J. Outre Review, Squawk Back, The Eunoia Review, and Diaspora Dialogues' webzine Shorthand. He also has work forthcoming in The Bookends Review.
Costa’s areas of interest are: illusion/reality, minimalism, surrealism, genre fiction, weird fiction, the grotesque, and the absurd. He holds a Specialized Honors BA in History and a BA in Education from York University. He is a writer and artist member at Night and Day Studios in Brampton, Canada and teaches high school English with the Peel District School Board.
Demon’s Whisper: Morningstar
Paul Edward Costa
The Elfsage erased daydreams
In the ancient lore
of the Morningstar Groves,
(where the tallest whitewood trees
reach high into the sky,
bending in blustery winds)
move with swift elegance
in the upper regions of the whitewoods
where silver leafed branches grow so thin
that feet frequently fail
in their attempted ascents
of the delicate branches,
swaying like angel breath’s
in the most vertical nether regions of the western woods
cottages and decaying Elven mansions
the tired, wandering sentinels
and the sapphire sparkling of the forest floor
in a realm occupied only by birds
and the thoughts of quarantined Elves
out the windows of cottages with smoking chimneys
picturing in their mind’s eye
that where patterns
of silver leafed branches run out
and become thin fluttering fingertips,
the sprites with sapphire eyes leap nimbly
from branch to branch
while they spin and sometimes kiss
like evasive thoughts far above
the dangerously seductive song
of the ground.
The last prayers of those perishing
from the Sapphire Plague
land like condor vultures on the shoulders of the Sprites
before slipping off into disregard and dissolution…
Poet’s Notes: This poem, written with oral recitation in mind, was first read live at an open mic/gallery showing at Night and Day Studios (http://www.nightanddaystudios.ca/) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada in spring 2015. "Demon's Whisper: Morningstar" is part of a larger mythology of work; two short stories, two novellas and one other poem further explore this world. With this piece I wanted to invoke the feeling of old narrative verse sagas, but with free verse and a contemporary fragmented quality (like scraps of writings from a lost civilization).
Editor’s Note: Costa transports me into an amazing, ethereal, mystical world of elves and sprites and a sapphire plague. I want to hear more of the lore of this world from the Elfsage.