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Bitches

You stare at me as if I should know better.

You look like I should be jealous.

Jealous of your smile and wily ways.

You part my lips in the semblance of a smile.

Eyes that are not mine stare from the mirror. 

Bestial beauty.

Barely constrained by civility.

I look closer.

Yes eye to eye with the enemy.

I smile - She smiles.

Obsidian eyes gleaming with cold fire.

I say I’ll eat you alive.

She says I’ll finish you for desert. 

Slowly she is no longer the stranger.

This skin is my own. 

The glittering eyes I begin to recognize.

And I am no ghost.

I smile and give her a wink.

She smiles and winks back.

We say - I don’t love you but I know you. 

Love will come soon enough.

The woman I was-

The woman I am

Together behind black eyes and secret smiles.

Posted 12/15/14
Originally in issue Number 64 of Zygote in My Coffee. May 2006
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