VIII: Poetry by Max Scratchmann & Photography by Natalia Drepina

While you were sleeping

The Changeling

I came in the dead hours, long after midnight,
when even your old dog was asleep,
crept through the open casement
and tiptoed through your secrets,
touched you while you slept,
made you dream
that dream
of long, delicious, lascivious,
forbidden kisses,
watched you grow stiff and hard
as night wings took her away.
And, amidst the light spears of morning,
you awoke, and—remembering the dream—
made love to me while I slept,
and no one knew, not even you,
although my scent was not her scent.
But your uncertainty melted with your desire,
I was so vulnerable in the dark
with beams of dustdance gold
cutting across the dawn-lit night.

I melted into your fevered embrace
and took your willing, bursting seed

hungrily . . .


Max Scratchmann is an illustrator, writer and poet. A regular performer within the Edinburgh poetry scene and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he is the author of many books. Be sure to check out his very dark art at, along with his books at Amazon.

Natalia Drepina, born 1989, is a photographer, poet, and composer/videographer from Lipetsk, Russia. Her work has been previously exhibited in galleries across the Russian Federation, including in the interactive photography project “Perfumer,” and also within the European Union, at the MacS | Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia. A forthcoming exhibition in the EU, at the Animalia Art Expo in Diksmuide, Belgium is slated for this month, on April 22, 2016. Be there! Or, enjoy your own exhibition of Natalia’s work, by taking a stroll through her Deviant Art and 500px galleries.


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