I was chatting with a co-worker discussing some song or other and I said it was so bad it could be used to torture angels, to which my friend said, “Cool!” I then asked him if torturing angels was something he wanted to do and he responded that it wasn’t but that it would be “bitchin’ to be so powerful that one could torture angels.” And thus inspired, I wrote the following:
Even though I never would,
I am so bitching that I could –
torture angels. Torture angels.
Even if they were to me –
bigger than, or smaller than a flea,
I’m strong enough to torture angels.
Graceful wings of feathered span,
or insectile as an ant’s –
Praise my power to torture angels.
As the shining sunset falls,
and they hide behind clouded walls,
Heaven’s children fear my power – to torture angels.
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Fantasy, science fiction and steampunk author Brandon Black is the editor of New Orleans By Gaslight, a first of its kind anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans. Brandon is also the web content manager for the Week in Geek, New Orleans’ favourite fantasy and science fiction themed radio talk show, every Saturday at 1 pm CST on WGSO 990 AM. Click here to check out Brandon’s ever-expanding list of published works.