He, like a hawk perched high upon a limb
who watches the lively mouse’s life
ebb and flow – before
its life flows into its beak,
stalks his victim.
She doesn’t know the life in her veins
will evaporate like water in a tea kettle
at the touch of his hands around her throat.
He doesn’t know this deed he will do
is only the main meal
and his eternal suffering will be the dessert
to the evil thing he is tempted by.
Francis W. Alexander, a resident of Sandusky, Ohio, currently scores assessment papers for Pearson Measurements. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Space and Time, Night To Dawn, The Martian Wave, Disturbed, Spaceships & Spidersilk, Drabble Harvest, Outposts of the Beyond, and numerous other publications.