Not the sexy, alluring kind like the ones in the movies, scattering sunlight like cut diamonds. I’ll be the monster in your bed, keeping it cold. Let me be the teeth beneath your pillow, a splinter tucked between your ribs. Now kiss me, use your delicate tongue to test the sharpness of my canines. I promise not to bite until you beg me to. When thirst comes I need only a small taste, just a drop—it won’t hurt. Trust me. When you wake in the night, find my lunar-eclipse eyes glowing—waiting for permission. Find my lips, cool as black marble, tracing the slope of your collarbone. Find my head on your chest, ear pressed against your skin, listening to the quiet hush-and-swell of that warm ruby ocean and craving the taste of your salt on my tongue.
Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at bethpeddle.com and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram
Rachel Pittman is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University, and she serves as a poetry reader for the McNeese Review. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from Georgia Southern University. Her writing has appeared in Gravel, Helix, Gingerbreadhouse, and Miscellany and is forthcoming in the Fall 2021 issue of Whale Road Review. Twitter: @rachelepittman_.