Her slippery heart slides out
of his squeezing fingers—a strangle
hold under the river. the water
glides off her scales, sharp as
snake eyes: her poison song.
she slithers into the shadowed
shallows; lurk with a kiss
of fire to blister his skin. a flick
of her tail to stir up a boiling
black tide and she twists
around him, scorching. gone
in a crack of teeth to
the ripples. Submerged
the surface, an echo of
moonlight. no net, no
hook to capture her. He
whistles. she slinks back with
her crocodile smile.
She cannot be extinguished.