The Choking Game
Insect Vs Spider
We take turns playing insect versus spider. Right now I am the spider.
Your cock is the insect. I suck at the blood. Then the blood becomes
nectar. Then you are the spider again. The television drones blue words
like fibers of raw silk.
You pull out, I push back in. You push back. Then I release. The
television says it was a murder suicide. You are coming through the
static. You are coming through the static. Then you tell me that you
need it, that you need it. Then your cock is like the spider. Then your
come becomes its web and then your cock is webbing threads of shelter
Good Boy Vs Good Girl
Don't stand there with your shirttails half un-tucked. Don't stare at
me like I know where to put you. With your trembling chin, your timid
mouth, your breaths unfurling, unaware you're causing a commotion in
If I put you in a coffin, you will break it. If I put you in a dress,
you'll shiver through the seams. If I put words in your mouth for just
a moment, just to test their taste, you'll grind their textures deep
into your teeth.
Us Vs Them
You don't know this, but you never learned how to talk like a human.
For your whole life, whenever you've opened your mouth, you've released
only gurgles and shrieks. When we first met, I was frightened by your
sounds. I tried to talk around them, like, oh yeah, okay, that's nice.
My words jerked into laughter like a lawnmower. Your eyes looked back
like two blue clueless dandelions.
But you were so insistent that we speak to one another. You'd pin my
wrists into the wall and whisper babble at me. You would mumble as your
legs pressed into mine. You turned my wrists like doorknobs, back and
forth, and back, and forth.
One day, all your voices combined in a sound that I wanted to think was
my name. I repeated the sounds, and you smiled and mimicked them for
me. Since then, my name is all you've ever said to me. I pretend to
myself that it's all that I've wanted to hear.
Meghan Lamb lives in Chicago and edits Red Lightbulbs. Her first novel, SILK FLOWERS, is forthcoming from
Aqueous Books in 2013.
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