Herman and Missie call it Quits

Herman delighted in
the kisses Missie planted.
Even sweetly on his cheek
they seared his skin
with a passion he never
sought as it was unfamiliar
to him. This gift of love
Missie ignited in Herman
was the flame he longed for
though he never knew the
name of it.

No chance to change
his mind; he wouldn’t
be able to keep it.

She touched his chest
in romantic caresses.
He held her closely
pressing her to him
in the small of her back.
To the passerby they looked
the part of any lovers in the park.

That is, until they fell down
on the ground.

Close acquaintances were surprised to learn
a coroner’s investigation revealed
Herman planted an oleander spike
in Missie’s spine and she reciprocated
with a similar prick in Herman’s ear.

©2009 Shari Lynne Smothers

Prompt: Write a temperature poem. Poem for Day 25 of the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, at Poetic Asides

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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