Between sighs of pleasure, I open
my eyes and see
this world has teeth.
I cannot feign surprise.
Only fools think beauty
doesn’t have roots in darkness.
(It was there I found you.)
Monsters and angels sing
in the same key, leaving the listener
to decode the lyrics of their songs.
You taught me to sing too,
with a voice I found
at the crest of delight.
(It was there I found myself.)
I can shut my senses to it all.
But the brush of your lips on my skin
is not something I want to pretend away.
And pretending it’s safe only makes me prey
for things with less innocent intentions.
The price of honey is the risk
of being stung. I didn’t forget.
That doesn’t mean I can’t
find my own stinger and teach
monsters to tremble instead.
Song Choices: Marvelous Things by Eisley
This poem was inspired by the prompt I created for Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Of Angels and Monsters. I asked the Toads to select from a list of seven quotes related to monsters and angels. I chose two of them. “I’m the thing monsters have nightmares about.” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and “One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.” from Doctor Who.