A Little Afrighted

Bitten nails
digging into bleeding palms
sweat gathers
pooling beneath taut back
eyes wide with fear
smell of alcohol
cigarette hangs from his mouth
leaning in close
leer on his lips
searing pain
scream wrenched free
hot
fire
stabbing inside
needle sharp
blood gushes forth
he stands
runs for the door
leaving her to die
to bleed out on the floor.
Countless stories
multitudes of tales
headlines
each one more graphic than the last.
Women dying
by the scores
unable to save themselves.
1950’s?
1940’s?
1930’s?
1920’s?
No
these battered tales
take place in 2022.
©June 28/22

20 Questions

Do you think I am pretty?

Peering close

Nose almost to mirror

Trace

See

Blemishes

Where none there are.

Do you think I am beautiful?

Blind

Seeing imperfections

A pinch of skin

Equals an ounce of fat

Starving

Fingers down throat

Counting the ribs

Macabre delight.

Am I skinny enough?

Do you love me know?

No?

Carved

Bones taken

Lips injected

Breasts lifted

Look into the mirror

Who do you see?

Who is this stranger looking back?

Do you love me now?

Do you want me now?

I have changed everything

Why is it not enough?

©June 6/22

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