The Phoenix Resurgence |
by Priyanka Mandal‏

Vanishing through the delusions of the world, we live in today,
Estranged by the hullabaloo of the prejudices within;
Numbed was your soul, till it found solace in its own murder.
Unscathed, you remain in us;
Shimmering from behind the clutches of our burquas.

Splattered are the pieces of your spirit in the living maze,
Harpooned by the lethal weapons of the minds;
I, stand for you, I will stand even with amputated limbs.
Negating their atrocities, their idiosyncrasies, will Justice
Emerge with a stronghold from the wombs of karma, though
Shrouded in mist, will be unvanquished as you are.

The Poet: Priyanka Mandal is a 22 year old student from Calcutta, India. She is currently pursuing a degree of 'Bachelor of Arts in French' from The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture and is in the 3rd year. She has completed a Bachelor's degree in Engineering in the stream 'Electronics and Communication' and working as a Assistant System Engineer. She has been earlier published in the UK Poetry Library and A Billion Stories.

The Artist: Daniel Ayles is a Portland, Oregon-based artist whose work bridges the gap between the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. If you are interested in exploring his body of work further, you can see examples of his art in the 2012 August issue of The Horror Zine here:  You may also view two collaborative pieces he did with Tiffany Luna in the 2012 November issue of The Horror Zine: