Be My Valentine

don’t give me a blushing red heart
hand over your black soul instead
one I can bind with my wicked thoughts
and chain to my immoral bed

a soul that will lick my red-tipped toes
and tell me the taste is sweet
and using a warm, scented oil
caress my slender feet

a soul that will humbly bow to my will
freely offer a neck for a studded collar
clip on the leash with nervous fingers
as I lead, on hands and knees follow

a soul that will dare not question
while tied on their back to my bed
anything I may wish to do
with a needle and stout thread

I crave a soul as dark as mine
to get me through the night
no valentine for me, my love
give me your pleasure, pain and life

©2023 jai

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Eagle and Wolf

Eagle sails the tranquil heights
captaining impregnable thermals
serene, content, alone
distant from life
and love
and pain
wrapped in a safe blue cocoon
nothing can touch her
and she touches nothing


from afar
she has seen Wolf
has studied him
his powerful body
thick warm fur
compassionate eyes
and wondered what
it would be like
to enter his orbit


he stroke her chilled feathers
touch her with kindness
speak to her of love
of need
of want
of forever
build her a strong nest
that could withstand any storm
and the drought of long days


would he lure her in
lull her with honeyed words
calm her with knowing touches
bewitch her
beguile her
break her
then tear out her heart
devour her cooling body
and spit out the hollow bones


Eagle slows her descent
perches in the thorny tree
above the watching Wolf
stares into his eyes
into his heart
into his soul
but she can’t see
beyond all her fucked-up yesterdays
so she waits, praying for clarity

©2023 jai

free verse

Image by Jaime Orejuela from Pixabay


I like what I see
when I look in your eyes
as you look at me

I like what I smell
when I’m wrapped in your arms
ensnarled in your spell

I like what I hear
when you whisper my name
lips nibbling my ear

I like what I touch
when our legs entwine
and hungry hands clutch

I like what I taste
when my tongue strokes your flesh
in a kiss most unchaste

love now long gone
washed out with the tide
into the dark sea of dawn

©2023 jai

Image by Alana Jordan from Pixabay