#1433

beware the fields, little rabbit
though you long to run and leap
there are fox eyes staring from the grasses
and hawk eyes gleaming in the sky

beware the forests, little rabbit
though it’s cool beneath the boughs
the hunting cats creep on silent feet
and wire traps lay buried in leaves

beware the call of freedom, little rabbit
though the warren is hot and dark
the safe spaces aren’t as safe as promised
and the hunters can smell your blood

#1432

take my voice, sea witch
grant me fine legs in return
a worthwhile bargain
even if each step pains me
at least I’ll be like the rest

take my voice, sea witch
after all, what use are words?
brief, untouchable
yet flesh is warm and solid
bone and blood make us human

take my voice, sea witch
I just want to be normal
feel the things I should
I long to walk on the shore
but now longing’s not enough

take my voice, sea witch
change the self I never chose
give me sensation
for I’ve given up on words
and now I’d give anything

#1411

“I’ll fax that right now”
“can you hold for just a sec?”
hotels tell you lies
-
waiting for a fax
I know it will never come
they’re laughing at me
-
new email pops up
this had better be my fax!
no. no. never. no.
-
fax finally here
they charged the wrong credit card
cycle starts again
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[ My job involves dealing with hotels across the globe. This is my day, every day. ]

#1372

you tell me how you want me
and what you’ll do to keep me
your siren’s voice is calling me
succubus eyes bewitching me

just love me, lovely
I won’t be like the others
flesh and blood
breath and bone
won’t you just love me
unlike all the others?

hungry mouths and
gripping hands
questing lips and
twining tongues
you and I can
take a chance
I won’t be like
the other ones

you tell me that you’re sorry
and if you could you’d help me
but your fingernails are tearing me
succubus lips devouring me

just love me, lovely
don’t make me like the others
flesh and blood
breath and bone
won’t you just spare me
unlike all the others?

hungry mouths and
gripping hands
questing lips and
twining tongues
you and I can
take a chance
I won’t be like
the other ones

oh darling, don’t you want me?
oh darling, don’t you need me?
oh darling, don’t you wish we
had never been
could never be?

crushing mouths and
bruising hands
bloodied lips and
lapping tongues
you and I can’t
have our chance
I’ll be just like
the other ones

I’ll be just like
the other ones