Malison Against Tyrants, Fascists, and Enslavers
This curse was found among a collection of papers purchased during a state auction of seized property. It is republished here as part of our Fall 2020 Poetry Feature, "Rage is a Positive Emotion."

Rise up! Powers of the Abyss! 

I call forth the Abominations of Desolation— 

Powers of Darkness, I summon Thee: 

Entangle the Oppressors— 

Serpents of Darkness, I summon Thee: 

Fill the Oppressors with Venom— 

May their every breath be laboured, that they may cease to breathe; 

May their sustenance be Foul Poisons, that they may cease to feed; 

May Scorpions & Stinging Beasts be their bedfellows. 

May their flesh be a Feast for Carrion, 

May their bones break and cut them from within. 

I cover them—night covers them—they breathe the dust of the grave. 

I blind them—in nightmares they sleep. In nightmares they sleep. 

I bind them in their sleep; I impregnate them with monstrous creatures, 

Whose birth is their apocalypse.


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