Appeared in Nightmare magazine.
This surrealistic mythic riff is based on the Ereshkigal and Ishtar myths of the ancient Mesopotamian religion--from ye olde "cradle of civilization." This last may be the key to getting under the story's skin. It relates basically a battle of monster-gods, some of whom want softer creatures, not animals. The gods appear to bide their time for their opportunity.
The story captures well the rhythm and sound of myths. Have the monsters ever left?