Written by Joseph Hope
Locked like the passage of rite,
the gates of the underworld
won’t open unless you have lost the key
to the door of the living.
Crawl under your skin and
you will find the backdoor to the temple
of the three beautiful black sisters
braiding their hair to keep score
of the stray souls that have stared
at their beauty and begged
never to return back
to the land of the living.