LIP GLOSS

      1.

Standing upright, slim and blond
on a subway platform

She pulls out a stick
to gloss her lips

He was inches away
from the curve of her arched back

A rush went through him—
a Greek gladiator’s lance
pierced him

Unaware
that his spider’s threads
had spun around her

she was his!

      2,

Subway arrived, but he
could not move,
he then noticed

that her silken hair
had wound itself around him
the moment she opened

the lip gloss
and he was the one
that was captured

— Abraham Menashe
© 2017