Like soot, his tongue

clogged up my chimney.

No puff-puff-puffs

of smoky breath, escaped

into the night air.

Desire deep within his pores,

doused my walls

in gasoline, tempted

his flames, ignited

by matchstick fingers.

I blazed.

He scalded my body

leaving hot coal 


in his wake.

His demented passion

cremated the innocence

that once stood tall.

My body reduced to ashes,

he departs,



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