Horrorscopes for August 2015
by Zack Kouns
Aries (March 21-April 19) -
The bloody foot prints of a woman and her child. Someone fell asleep and an ancient oak tree died right there while a man brought a blanket around the shoulders of a freezing child.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) -
Mother laying in bed dying. Out in the back yard, a small girl wearing a flowing white shift rises from the curving womb bell of a day lily. She crawls into the bedroom window and walks toward mother's bed. They embrace. Calm. The endlessness and silence of Calm.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) -
The Form behind the forms. The Birth of birth. Sunlight on the leaves of an oak tree. Hay carried by the wind blowing past a father lifting his son toward a sky so blue it gives your heart pangs of throbbing joy to stare at it.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) -
Sweat pools and shines on the chest of a black man with a jaw broken open by the meanness of this world. In the distance there is a field and in this field nothing can die.
Leo (July 23-August 22) -
Cat tails as tall as your head. Men who have cut their own legs off and bled to death in the reeds are laying with their arms splayed. Don't bend down and drink their blood, even if you are perishing from Thirst.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) -
Washing off a stretcher in a stream on a bed of blue gray stones. Water shudders with the weight of a Korean man who you shot in the stomach. Do you wonder if there's an end?
Libra (September 23-October 23) -
Assault rifles pointed toward a ridge where the fog of early morning slumbers. Who will reflect the beauty of this world for us, so that no one pulls the trigger?
Scorpio (October 24-November 21) -
Laying on the grass in the pouring rain, covered in dirt and menstrual fluid. What is it in this world that ruins and decays? Robs us of our light? Do you hear that person in the forest, sobbing in a filthy robe? Find out who he really is to you, watch him caress the body of his dead friend and you're bathed in the buzzing miracle of this life.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) -
Light and wind being born in a field where grass softly whispers to you: you're still Alive. A dying bird runs its beak across the muddy earth and a man with a green cement hat cries and kills a man.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) -
Holy Basil growing wild. Aren't those tangling stems our lives? Are you cold when you bleed to death in a canvas shirt with needles dripping with morphine sticking out of your arms?
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) -
The rhapsody of a candle whose flame is an overcast morning sun mirrored on God's stillest lake. The sound of a cello calling mournfully bounces off of trees in full bloom. Lets listen to the Voice who speaks in dawns that kiss both of our legs and touch our wounds with their searching tongues.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) -
Who is that out there mid waist in the cold, dark water in a muslin dress? Who is that with arching, slender shoulders in your bathtub: lips curling in ecstasy, finding everything you've hidden? That's you. Coalesced so perfectly with the mouth on your mouth and the blood with your blood that you've become indistinct like the rippling water of a stream flowing toward the Sea.