Kiss Of Torment
By Valerie Muriel Mckinley
Published: November 7, 2008
Updated: November 7, 2008

No mythical monster, you,
beast who bleeds human blood
when squelched away with a slap,
Echidna herself would never
claim you as her child.

You assail with stealth, your approach silent
on the night air, homing in on warm bodies.
Your sting as light as an ex-lovers kiss
only after departure does the torment begin.