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I’m Not From Around Here | A Poem

Driving fast down sun-baked country roads Countless tiny towns are silhouettes in my dust I dare not stop for fear of the unknown I have this little suspicion they don’t like my kind – The kind different from them The kind not of their own It’s not that I blame them, really It’s not their fault that they’re wrong – My destination is clear No place in particular Just enjoy the scenic route Before night claims the scenery – There’s a fork in my roads of chance My front tire takes the brunt of it I pull over to the soft shoulder My good luck having failed me – Rear view mirror, another driver is nearing A big red pickup, a good ol’ boy pulls next to me Sweat beading on my brow now, I’m unsure of his intention I ease out of the car, though I’m thankful for his attention – “You’re not from around here,” he says, I think he’s a fast learner I say, “No, I’m from the city,” Not that it’s …

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Dream a Little Scream of Me | A Poem

Dream a little dream of me When you sleep I will creep On your fears and superstitions While you pray I will play I’m the lurker in your closet Boogeyman Yes I can Make you fear what lay in shadows Scaredy cat Insomniac I’m the ghoul beneath your bed I breed fright When there’s no light Fill you up with dread and doubt Am I a lie You decide I’m the monster in your nightmares Sending thrills That give you chills Just dream a big ol’ scream for me Then face the fears That you hold dear Written: December 15, 2009. My first and preferred title was “Dream of Me, Scream for Me”. This poem originally featured in Dreams and Screams, a print anthology published by Liquid Imagination Magazine in August 2010. Copyright © 2010-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved. brandonrucker.com | RuckerWrites | @RuckerWrites Amazon | Smashwords

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Succubus | A Poem

As the moon peers periodically Between smoke-gray clouds set Against the canvas of the night sky She comes to me with love And a hunger that weakens her I lament that I can offer No remedy to that which ails Ours is a love forbidden By the laws of nature If not the laws of man Spawned by an infernal sire Her skin burns from a fire within And matches the blaze of passion We hold fast to one another We embrace as lovers do And fall victim to our lust Which knows no bounds And it is during our coupling That I witness her raw power That magical charm, that piercing gaze She beguiles me and I wilt How did it come to be That this creature Borne of man and demon alike Had chosen to love me A mere mortal woman Who has not the power To sustain her Note: The theme here deviates from tradition, instead has a succubus choosing a same-sex mate. Written on December 16, 2009. Originally featured in Static Movement Special No. 2, a …

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Mare of the Night | A Poem

From the Nether She stands tall A specter of a horse Infernal beast Bathed in flame From the fiery depths On thunderous hooves Her gallop is fierce Black as coal And lightning swift She soars in wingless flight Through the indigo sky Her eyes are a beacon Aglow like burning embers Every mortal’s nightmare A demon steed A harbinger of fate She brings only certain doom Written on December 15, 2009. Originally featured in Static Movement Special No. 2, a print anthology published in 2010 by Liquid Imagination Publishing, edited by Chris Bartholomew. This re-published edition exists for electronic access and online archiving, and is intended for reading and reviewing purposes only — any other unauthorized use or dissemination is strictly prohibited. © 2009-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved. brandonrucker.com | RuckerWrites | @RuckerWrites Amazon | Smashwords