the monsters are due on vine street

of a grin usually on the missing
persons board at truck stops
where famished men would pick up hitch-hiking
girl-children run aways, escaping home
to find themselves, smelling like
violins in the attic
here she is in red-hot-red,
rose-red, blood-red, a portrait streak of
glitter high-heels with no hosiery
ankles with tattoos of talaria wings
and a wink at an invisible camera

she’s such a gem, such a picture
on the side of the road on her back
holding out her upturned palms to catch the diving
heavy rain, collecting it inside of the sinkhole
of her open mouth,
crooked THERE, like a tangled doll.

do you see that glorious photograph
of her alive, when she felt so dead
and here she is getting the flashing
lights she craved, licking the gravel
on sunset boulevard, dead as the moon
only bright because the camera catches
the last expression that her face made before
she fell into that uncanny embrace
of unknowable death, where the eyes, wide like wax
stare out into another, unseen place
blind to where everyone else remains now
because she’s escaped and found herself

who killed—— ?

the best psychics in venice beach
say his name was ——.

words = samantha lucero 2017 ©
image = tumblr, as usual.



  1. This is like James Ellroy in poetic form. Good and dark.

    1. i was unsure if i wanted to post it, since it veers from my usual languishing.
      but it sure does fit my gothness, so i decided fuck it.

      1. Good decision. I believe we’re allowed to have more than one facet to our personalities. And if we aren’t, all the more reason to do so anyway.

  2. Love it. There’s a real stream of consciousness feel to the piece. yet it feels very well contained. A wonderfully macabre piece, as always.

    1. Thank you! 🖤🖤

  3. Reblogged this on RamJet Poetry.

  4. Incredible… edge of my seat reading!

    1. Ohh, I like that. Now that’s a compliment!

      1. Well deserved 🙂

  5. Amazing. Every word oozes with emotion and strength. And man, the language really pleases my goth-ear 😉

    1. Thanks, my goth sister! 🖤🖤

  6. This intrigues me and worries me by turns. It’s a bit sinister.

    1. Sinister, now that’s a compliment.

  7. Private Bad Thoughts · · Reply

    Reblogged this on Whisper and the Roar and commented:
    Chilling work from Samantha Lucero!

  8. Reblogged this on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and commented:
    There is a special place in hell for Sam Lucero, and I mean that as a compliment. Lol.
    Jasper Kerkau

  9. Reblogged this on The Lithium Chronicles and commented:
    When I grow up I want to write like Sam writes. Holy Hell, this woman.

    1. Big compliment from you 🖤🖤🖤

      1. Bah. You are amazing ❤

      2. Thanks Nicole. The encouragement I’ve received from my SD circle and those I’ve met through it, has helped me a lot. Mentally and creatively. So when I say thank you, it’s straight from my

      3. Oops, pressed reply too fast. Lol. The rest is from the bottom of my heart!

  10. Nicole sent me, and I’m glad she did, to this dark and beautifully crafted vision.

    1. thank you so much for the compliment. 🙂

  11. This is so good, Samantha!

    1. Means a lot from a wordsmith master! 🖤


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