She fed her scaly cold-blooded heart
not unlike an embosomed snake
at first a week or so apart,
digesting each victim slowly to slake
her viper’s natural hunger,
eating only little mousy meals
which she happened to find among her
vale, between her two rounded hills
where the dark, dreaded damning drumbeat
coaxed onward her serpent’s appetite
for more blood, more bone, more meek meat,
given, in time, more often, every other night.
And yet, she inevitably began to wonder
at her Quetzacoatl heart’s growing needs
as its restless rhythm became as thunder
and feared it would eventually bite the hand that feeds
and die itself of the poison it bleeds,
and die itself of the poison it breeds.
Stephen Marshall. Writer, illustrator, layabout. Find him on Amazon, maybe. He has paperback and kindle books listed there. He also writes Supernatural Romance under the name S.C. Foster (because his fiancee pushed him to do so). He seems to have a knack for the Romance genre, much to his chagrin. Having pursued Children's literature he is particularly proud of his Children's novel series "Lost And Found", which begins with "Chloe Among The Clover", continues recently with "Stormy Within The Strawberry Patch" and may, in some future potentiality, culminate with "Candice Through The Picket Fence". These are novels for children (including his insistent nephew), but they are also written for adults who are children at heart. His short story collection, "The Eldritch Diaries", centers primarily upon Cosmic Horror and Body Horror, combining Lovecraft's mythos with the motifs of Sigmund Freud. His largest poetry collection, "Broken Crown Kings", contains over two hundred poems and two short novellas concerning the fleeting nature of the world and Man's place within it. Recently he has published a smaller book of poetry concerning Kentucky, Moonshine, and Ghosts called "Moonshine And Spirit Chasers". A much larger collection, entitled '"Nevermore" 99 Rhymes For $0.99' is also available. For those seeking supernatural and folklore, his collection "Weeping Cherry" is available also.
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