From a Line by André Aciman

“You’ll kill me if you stop,” kill me if you go;

you’ll kill me either way, and so

please stay here with me in the moment

and let’s live and die together before

you leave me behind to die again alone.

Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper

Sleeping with Murderers

No, of course I don’t condone it;

I have enough religion left

to disapprove of pointless killing,

especially of victims totally defenseless.


Yet, that is what they both have done,

out of boredom and love of sport,

and here I am in bed between them,

sharing familial warmth and comfort,


admiring the beauty of their forms

as I watch them sleep in peace,

with no regret for their act of malice,

for the baby rabbit they have torn


apart with their vicious claws–

bloodthirsty felines living lawless.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper