The ghoul chased me once and I died. Then I outsmarted him in the maze. You can replenish your life hearts and your magic bottles like in the Legend of Zelda. Then you can hit the switch and lower down to the dungeon. You know what is there – spiked dandelions and floating skeleton heads. Then you have to destroy the boss. He is waiting in the lowest level. You can’t move on until this is done. The spiked ball with the chain contracts. It crushes through bone quickly. Don’t worry – the pain is translucent. One prism short of a deadly rainbow.
Amanda Latrenta Crane has her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and works as a full-time professor of English for Strayer University Online. She is the author of the chapbook, Barbiecue, which is a contemporary spin on the voice of the Barbie doll. She has poems published in numerous journals including: Barbaric Yawp, Chronogram, Poetalk, The Paterson Literary Review, Sawbuck, and Touchstone: The University of Kansas Press. Currently she is at work on her new manuscript about her childhood in the 1980s. Visit her at http://acrane.weebly.com/.