The Queen of Silence

The Queen of Silence
by Ben Macnair

Blood is not the easiest of substances
to remove from a carpet,
so she has a red carpet
throughout her house.
She never had guests,
but the rumours always spread.
The house was haunted,
she had an army of Zombies,
and she attracted Carrion birds
as if she was Tippi Hedren.

Have a look around her house.
She has paper-weights with odd stains.
A regularly dug Garden.
Pristine carpets.
A deafening quiet.
and see how heavily your feet fall
when you take the chance to escape.

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