local_library The Third Face

by Stephanie Smith

Published in Issue No. 186 ~ November, 2012

She stalks the night

with two facades:

One side a wolf

The other the ghost

of a hanged woman

from the Salem days


She pretends

she can’t be seen


She steals the skins

of wealthy men

Clean babies from

their bassinets


She works her magic

in the greasy air,

barks at the moon

as the stars align

Its face reflected

in her crystal eyes


She drops down on all fours

and sheds her skin,

She tears off her mask

and begins again



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Stephanie Smith is a poet and writer living in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in such publications as ABYSS & APEX, WHISTLING SHADE, THE HORROR ZINE, ILLUMEN, and LIQUID IMAGINATION.