Aphelion Issue 281, Volume 27
March 2023
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by Jean Jones

In vampire movies
the vampires call it
"the thirst"
this desire
to drink blood
that takes control
and all you want to do
is drink more and more blood
no matter who you kill, destroy, or wipe out
so my question for you is this-What is your thirst?
What do you want to do over and over again?
One of mine is food-I can definitely eat over and over again-
What is it for you? Money? Getting high? What drives you? What is your thirst?
My thirst drives me and your thirst drives you where?
What do you need to do over and over again regardless?
Get money?
For what?
To eat?
Drink what?
What will it take
for you
to say No?
Not call it
not summon it-
Choose the time and place
not the other way around-
Budget the money-
Never spend more than you planned-
Result? I am not bound to it anymore-
I am setting myself free

2020 Jean Jones

Jean Jones teaches English as a Second Language Basic Skills for Cape Fear Community College. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and has a book of poems available on Amazon.com entitled Beyond Good and Evil. He has had poems published in Aphelion as well as Horror Zine online.

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