The smallest lick ignites a spark,

the breezes blow

while kindling catches

and warms your skin


You lean in to feel,

to touch,

stroking the metal

poking the offerings

extending your hand

free of trepidation

And wait for the fire…


your insides



for the quiet flicker of flames

mistaking the devouring of your soul for a

lovely incandescence floating above the bonfire


his legerdemain drips bitter on your tongue


your heart’s become merely a fleshy mound on his spit


showing  no penitence

his rips at your tender skin.

with pointed and bared teeth


Don’t wish for water….

The beast must be fed.


Linking to three prompts with this one…

Mama’s Losin’ It
Write a post inspired by the word : bitter 
Velvet Verbosity Writing Prompt
This week’s word: Beast 
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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do

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About Kir

Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. And once again, I feel the need to fan myself… 😉

  2. sometimes, you have to touch the fire 😉
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  3. Whoa!!!!!
    AND fitting in three prompts is amazing!!! As is this piece!
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  4. Wow, I will never look at a bonfire in quite the same way …
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  5. oh sweetie, how i’ve missed your steam and your passion… i love your words and the emotions they stir from within. xo
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  6. Didn’t expect that ending – perfect for Halloween :)
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  7. This was definitely smoldering… girl!
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  8. Wow. Just wow.
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  9. Wow! Let it filcker some more!

  10. Feed the beast!!!!

    Love this!
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  11. That was pretty intense, Kir, pretty intense. Lovely to be reading your stuff again, and your use of language is as ever utterly intoxicating
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