I stampede out of the corner of her eye
and race through the length of her cheek
I arrive at the edge
of her chin and come to a sudden halt.
I collide with the wooden floor, causing a watery explosion and splitting into a dozen droplets. As I do so, the words violently erupt from his callous lips:
The words combust in the airless room, releasing a blazing flame that sticks to her throat like a choker. The ash seeps through her skin, travels through her veins and lands on her heart.