Exorcism

It snarled.
I closed my eyes and sighed,
Here we go again.
How had it lived this long?
This beast, this BEAST,
This shape-shifting demon.
Lured by its advent charm-
Its warm, disarming demeanor-
I allowed myself to approach
Ever closer,
I let myself trust
Ever deeper.
Yet each. time.
The bite came, drawing blood.
Here we go again.
How many incarnations had I seen?
This beast, this BEAST,
This shape-shifting demon.
Wracked by rage-
Ungrateful, selfish monster!-
I allow myself to consider
Ever after,
I raise the question:
Never again?
I meet its eyes.
Cold, impassive, no remorse.
Here we go again?
How long before it kills me?
This beast, this BEAST,
This shape-shifting demon.
Covered with scars-
Arms, legs (mostly heart) –
I allow myself to approach
Ever closer,
I raise the rifle,
Dig ever deeper.
Pull the trigger.
Walk away.

Photo by Rendiansyah Nugroho

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VK Lynne

VK Lynne is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. She penned the award-winning web series 'Trading on 15', and her writing has been published in Image Curve, The Elephant Journal, GEM Magazine and Guitar Girls Magazine. She has authored lyrics for three of her own solo albums and for the bands Vita Nova, stOrk, and The Spider Accomplice.

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