I want to snap him like a glow stick. I am violent about this angelic persistence predator
eyes forbidden-sky blue wild open with yearning
drawn to lick the knife’s edge.
I want a slow-motion replay of him getting punched in the face, fed laudanum and absinthe,
impossibly perfect cheekbones slashed
by his own daughter’s furious nails.
I want him to kiss the consequences
of every callous thing he’s ever done.
He deserves tuberculosis. Having his hair braided with oil of jasmine. Burning to death on the edge of a forsaken slimy swamp. A massage and a bubble bath.
I want him bleeding out in a gutter, gazing upwards in wonder, still in love with the stars.
About the Author
Ennis Bashe is an Elgin Award-nominated poet and Lesfic Bard Award-winning romance novelist whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Cricket, and Liminality Magazine. Their most recent chapbook, Beautiful Malady, is available through Interstellar Flight Press.