Flame-Mistress of the Morning Star

Inanna, Ishtar, Ashtoreth,
O rose-lipped lady pale as death;
Astarte, Artemis, Selene,
Horned huntress and the heavens’ queen;
Diana, Juno Lucina,
With gold-girt thighs from Cythera;
And Luna Lucifera are
Flame-mistress of the Morning Star.

[K. A. Opperman is a poet of horror and dark fantasy hailing from Southern California. His work has appeared in a number of contemporary magazines, anthologies, and journals, including Black Wings of Cthulhu VI, Weirdbook, Vastarien, The Audient Void, Weird Fiction Review, Spectral Realms, Eternal Haunted Summer, Eye to the Telescope, and elsewhere. His debut book-length collection, The Crimson Tome, came out from Hippocampus Press (2015), and his next collection, Past the Glad and Sunlit Season: Poems for Halloween, is due out this October from Gehenna and Hinnom Books. When not writing weird poems, he can be found tending to his pumpkin patch, or running the Realm of the Pumpkin King page on Facebook.]