The Beast

I will never forget you, beautiful monster
You were my first protector
You were the dragon in the moat
Of the fortress I was forced to build around my heart
I have felt your basilisk glare from my eyes
Tasted your furnace breath in my throat
Your envenomed blood runs through my veins
You have always been my first love
From the time when no one loved me
Your claws beneath my fingernails
Gave me strength to stand, to walk, to leave
I know your pain
I am your pain
The weakness that disgusts you
Is all I have to give
I cannot ask you to surrender your brazen scales for my soft skin
Your steel for my bone
Your lightning for my stillness
I do not ask, I can not ask, that you lay down your arms
Devils walk this ruined Earth yet
It is good that you are wary
I know the scream that is your voice
It is born in my lungs
And I claim it as my own
I will never forget you, beautiful monster

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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