Priestess’ Nightmare by Herb Kauderer

Priestess’ Nightmare
Herb Kauderer

Asleep in her private grove
the high priestess dreams:

Gods & goddesses
assemble to hear
her rightful requests.

But as she speaks
they reach out & change her
stretching and molding
until she stands frozen
into some bizarre statue.

Unable to move
she cannot even plead
with these giants as they play.
And silently she prays

but there is no answer
until morning’s warmth
releases her from service.

first appeared in Midnight Zoo 2:6 Nov/Dec 1992 as “Private Service”


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