Trapped within this bubble, I feel nothing of the arid landscape that surrounds me. I sit in subjugation, offered scraps to feed upon; amuse-bouche for the soul, or so I imagine. Apportioned morsels to sustain me, but never more than your callous ego will allow. Yes, I have licked the plate and the tang has seared my tongue, left a residue of shame that will forever taint my palate. I once soared with as much grace and majesty as the prey that circles overhead – a dangerous companion to adopt, folly perhaps, as I know what it awaits.

Freedom, such a simple thing, stolen from me by destiny’s choice; a truth mourned beyond measure. I was vibrant once, as vibrant as the now desiccated tree before me. I see its brittle limbs, its exposed bones; the crack that foretells of the next fractured moment. I live that moment with every breath, forever caught just before the fall, perpetually suspended in a state of flux. With bowed back, I am forced to genuflect, to stare into a shallow pool that lacks reflection; a me without identity, stripped of all dignity. With broken wings, I stagnate in this cage never to glide on lighter waves of air again.

~ Nina D’Arcangela

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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old graveyards. Nina is co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.

30 responses to “Waves”

  1. Jessica Bakkers says :

    Great post Nina! I love the dark work you guys do on this blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Joseph Pinto says :

    You capture darkness and share it with grace, Nina. This is beautiful, emotive prose.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Veronica Magenta Nero says :

    I really enjoyed this forlorn and introspective piece Nina

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Christopher A Liccardi says :

    As always, you never cease to impress me, Nina. What a dark piece of writing you’ve created. You share with us the truth about what a good writer can do with words. Wonderful!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Lee Andrew Forman says :

    Such a beautifully written piece, Nina! This really captures emotion with words, the way a great piece of writing should; you can really feel something while reading.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. John Potts Jr says :

    I’ve been reading this twice a day since Tuesday, and I have to say that I am still wrapping my mind around how you conjured a vast range of emotions in two paragraphs. Well written, well shown, and well done indeed, Nina!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. jonolsonauthor says :

    I don’t know how you do it, Nina. You’ve captured an amazing and quick piece from an equally amazing photo! Your words conveyed the emotion in the pic! Not only that but your prose stands just as powerful and moving on its own. Well done!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. jonolsonauthor says :

    Reblogged this on Jon Olson and commented:
    WAVES by Pen of the Damned’s Nina D’Arcangela

    Liked by 2 people

  9. John Potts Jr says :

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Nina has an ability to summon a wide range of emotions from a reader with her elegant horror, and in this weeks Pen of the Damned, she strikes awe in my eyes with her piece “Waves”. I look up to writers likes this, who can keep it short and vivid and vast and longing for more. Her prose, illustrious skills with words, paints the mind so well. Enjoy, friends!

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  10. Brian Moreland says :

    Nina, what a wonderful blend of horror and poetry. So beautifully written that your prose sent waves through me as a felt your protagonist’s longing and sadness. With just an image and your words, you pulled me into another dimension. Well done!


    • Nina D'Arcangela says :

      Thank you for the very kind words, Brian! Offer me the opportunity to write about The Dark Angel, and I’ll happily spool emotive prose all day long. I’m glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂


  11. Brian Moreland says :

    Reblogged this on THE CRYPT OF HORROR and commented:

    Here’s a beautifully written short story by Nina D’Arcangela​. Read it for free on Pen of the Damned​.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Hunter Shea says :

    Just like you, this story packs a huge punch in a tiny package! I think you need a hug. 🙂 Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Aak fictionspawn says :

    Reblogged this on Fictionspawn Monsters and commented:
    Yesterday I published an illustrated story about caged animals. Today I found this sad yet beautiful post about being caged by Nina D’Arcangela on penofthedamned.com. Enjoy.


  14. James says :

    Reminds me somewhat of Robert E. Howard’s short piece of pulp fiction “Tower of the Elephant.”


  15. George F. says :

    Whoa, count me in. Following you now…


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