Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Michael Keshigian - Final Temptation / Transit Station


The night  
hurled a shadow 
upon his restless mind,
nurturing an urgency
to gratify desires
which curdled his blood.
Little demons
danced in his veins
while his brain throbbed 
to the zealous step 
of a heart pumping 
out of control,
coercing him to prowl the streets 
toward the darkest of alleys
where a scent of seduction
emanated in the dim light,
taking the shape
of an alluring temptress
who beckoned with a sultry finger.
His reason blistered, 
he ran to ravage her
as her nails gored his shoulders
and her moans disguised
the tell tale hiss 
before the delicate, 
prickly nibble upon his neck.


People squeeze, early morn,
like an accordion awaiting breath,
without identity or outward emotion
within a hole in city bowels 
where stoic silence chokes stale air
and the crowd anticipates 
a serpentine monster 
which exudes electrical impulse
to deliver them to dutiful destination.
 dilatory fear deepens
as the cramped throng
oscillates nervously 
until the lighted eye of transport 
appears within its curvaceous lair
and exudes a deafening screech 
hisses, then halts to consume 
willing human sacrifices without abandon.
The frenzy incites an incredible gorge
as the creature bulges
and quickly departs
to pursue an additional feast.

Michael Keshigian’s ninth poetry book, Dark Edges was recently released this September, 2014 by Flutter Press.  He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals and appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications with 5 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (

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