Forbidden Rites

Blood magick…
Candles burning
Circle drawn
Ancient symbols
Dusk till dawn
Forbidden rites
An unholy night
Near darkness
A waxing moon
Secret spaces
Mountain tops
Standing stones
Powerful forces
Ancient energy
Excessive
Without fear
Vengeful
Hunger rising
Sharpened blade
Thirsty
Bloodletting
Incantations
Faithful few
Followers
Children of darkness
Sacrifice
Cutting
Slicing
Tearing flesh
Breaking bones
Words whispered
As the blood flows
Screeching
Cries abound
Summoning power
From sky to ground
Sinister
Raw and unchecked
Stones piled high
Altar of death
Unwilling lambs
Dragged to slaughter
Lamentations
Screams
Crackling flames
Cackling dames
Darkened eyes
Soulless
No mercy
Contorting
Consuming
Stolen lives
Feeding frenzy
No escape
Heavy chains
Acolytes chanting
Ghouls rising
Wind swirls
Feverous crying
Haunted faces
Life departing
Splashing
Dripping
Crimson stains
Gateway opened
Eternal nothingness
Curses cast
Bodies writhing
Coming together
Bony fingers
Consummation
Wickedness
A grand crescendo
And silence
None dare move
Earth erupting
Something crawling
Slithering
Tasting
Consuming
Perdition
Unleashed
Unstoppable
Distant laughter
Forbidden rites

Author’s Notes

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Forbidden Rites

  • October 31, 2022 at 9:21 PM
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    Nice piece, RJ. I love references to blood witchery, and I especially liked the ending. The hinting at the thing that is summoned through blood witchcraft (other than power, of course). The structure is an interesting choice, very forceful, and reminiscent of the length of a serpent. Cool work.

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