A shadow crawls through nighttime streets
awaiting the perfect time to strike. No sound
betrays its presence to the helpless man
who drew its eye with shuffling feet and blue
romance. A flicker of a wicked tongue
and fetid breath so hot against his neck.
His stifled cry is caught in bold fingers
and held within his fearful mouth. With glee
the wretched lips display the fierce array
of teeth. The thrumming beat that keeps
the time for every life attracts
the beast. A growl of hunger shakes the night.
The bleak regard of ancient eyes alights
along the empty street. The creature’s grasp
around his throat wraps tighter, cutting off
his breath. The terror spikes. His mind revolts
against the reality of darkness made flesh.
Bloodthirst by Coral Moore is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.