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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.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com.
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 SpaceandTime.net to submit.