Morning Web photo by Mark Impala
Clip art spider added
Hidden deep within,
Out of sight and out of time,
His heart beats tentatively.
Broad chest lies like armor
Over a fragile inner self
Giving false illusions of strength.
It didn’t take much -
A few harsh words sent flying
On arrows of whispered breath
To pierce skin and bone.
Traveling straight and true,
They hit their mark in a heartbeat.
More powerful than bullets, the words
Slam into his vulnerability, pushing
Love aside to steal life.
As mourners weep and prayers are tossed
Onto his lowering casket, she hides behind
A black widow’s veil, dry eyes on new prey.
Written for 100 Word Challenge, hosted by Velvet Verbosity.