Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

The High Cost of Stolen Kisses
by Angela Yuriko Smith

The road wouldn’t end.

The night lasted forever…

and he was so tired.


a wrong turn, a bad spark plug and a thug

stealing my wallet turned my simple trip

into a slip through the dark places with no returns

no questions asked. the piper paid

the debt laid and hope has left the building.


Lost on a back road

running out of gas and time.

He swerved to miss her.

a right turn to find a girl in the road

stepping out bold into my headlights. a mirage—

a collage of all the right pieces, a pretty

thing with no ring coming out of nowhere

looking for a ride, a hero. for me.


Winner to sinner

on a roadside at midnight.

Kissing, no telling.


a dead end, she seemed like a friend

grateful for the ride, no hate in her eyes.

soft, summery perfumes in her hair

and me unaware that stolen kisses

do have a cost… and how I have paid.



More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author and co-publisher of Space and Time magazine, a publication that has been printing speculative fiction, art and poetry since 1966. Together we build a poem as a community each month. Visit “Exquisite Corpse” at to submit.

Catch up with Angela here!


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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

  1. That’s great – love the cadence and jagged rhyming – really suits the story (and serves the driver right!)

  2. Marge Simon says:

    Jagged rhyme, interior rhyme — flawless rhythm make a successful little story-poem! Good one, Angela!

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