Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Sensuous and Strong as the Serpent

by Bruce Whealton

This vampire lived
a lustful life,
nourished and satisfied
by flesh on flesh -
She with the strength of the serpent.

Tonight she holds
A young man, barely twenty,
Who is lost in her dark red eyes.
For a brief while,
He was convinced he had the upper hand,
Seeking to overpower her,
With his six-foot muscular frame,
To her five and one half feet...
He thought she would be an easy
to satisfy his
desires and need for power.

With each motion he made,
She wrapped more of herself into him,
Hands, arms, legs around him,
Till there was only the sound of blood
Beating louder, pulsating, throbbing.

As he struggles for air,
In this last dream of his life,
Somehow he finds a pleasure
In her pulsating blood-red eyes.

Her pointed teeth rested
Against his pulsating artery,
There was just their rhythmic motions,
As she consumed all of him,
Up to his last breath.

Not a drop of his blood was spilled,
she had not intended to kill,
in fact, she herself
was wounded in his attack.

© 2010 Bruce Whealton

Bruce Whealton has been the co-editor and publisher of Word Salad Poetry Magazine since 1995 and their newest publication, Haiku Ramblings. They publish both on the web at WordSaladPoetryMagazine.com and in print. Bruce has a Bachelors Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Social Work. He has been writing and studying poetry for many years with various mentors. His poetry has been published recently in The Horror Zine, and the associated Anthology called “And Now the Nightmare Begins: The Horror Zine. His poems have also appeared in “lines written w/a razor,” “Childe Bryde,” “lunatic chameleon,” “the thin edge of staring, “Chance Magazine,” Venus Rising, the Wilmington Star News' Port City Poets, and “Gravity Hill,” and “Simple Vows Anthology” which is put out by St. Andrews College Press.

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