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Published in Spellbound Magazine
Copyright 1990, Charles S. Fallis
The old man straightened from his stooped posture and eased his aching back. He had spent many long hours bent over the wooden bench before him. The top of the workbench was cluttered with moldering manuscripts and a wild profusion of jars and bottles whose noisome contents were revealed by the flickering light of a single greasy candle.
The alchemist, for such was the old man's profession, sighed and bent once again. Taking up a small iron spatula, he returned to his labor, coating a large lump of coal with the sticky yellow paste he had worked so long to produce. This task completed, he sat back and composed himself to wait, gazing intently at the slimy black and yellow lump.
But his concentration was interrupted by the faint clatter of hooves on cobblestones. The old man rummaged among the clutter of the workbench for a moment. With a grunt of satisfaction, he withdrew from the li
what love is not.it was a s l o p p y first kiss where
my drunk lips fumbled against yours.
the dull thwack of my heart,
locked behind curved ribs
cleared my groggy brain,
clouded with lustful premonitions.
it was an e l e c t r i f y i n g first kiss where
you entwined your hands in my hair.
your mouth encompassed mine and
my breath became lost in the steady
of your chest.
it was a s h y first kiss where
i pulled away before you could explore.
your tongue grazed my teeth,
searching for a way past the ivory gates.
i dug my finger into the stubble along your jaw,
my nail lulling your carnal desires.
it was my first kiss with you.
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