Gothicarus: Part XI – Bumps

Serial Poem

Did you hear that? I’m certain he’s back again.
Measured breaths against the floorboards
Betray the location of the fiend.
I will not move a hand or foot.

In stillness, I will pray in insistent tongues,
Will demand his prompt departure,
Calling on the name I know to be
The power that can vanquish him.

I must sleep; this constant terror, again stilled,
Will stir with the next- What was that?
My heavy eyes forced open, I scream-
But only silence issues forth.

I struggle against the airless, wretched night.
Alone, but observed by the wraith,
Who dares me to close my lids again,
To sink, at last, into his grip.


next chapter: Gothicarus Part XII

previous chapter: Gothicarus Part X – John Logosi’s Dilemma

all chapters: Gothicarus

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photograph by Dmirty Ermakov



VK Lynne

VK Lynne is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. She penned the award-winning web series 'Trading on 15', and her writing has been published in Image Curve, The Elephant Journal, GEM Magazine and Guitar Girls Magazine. She has authored lyrics for three of her own solo albums and for the bands Vita Nova, stOrk, and The Spider Accomplice.

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