Sacrifices of Love

They swim like the ghosts of sharks

How many of them did I slaughter

Naivete, sexual and mercurial

What I did to feel wanted


I look for their skeletons, their skulls

Invisible in the digital age

No social media, no obituary

Just phantoms slinking in my head


Their families leave no trace

Brothers, sisters, all disappeared

I’d cry but my eyes are broken

Karma found me and I am hollow


People rattle their bones for a buck

Lacerate me with a rusty knife

Bleed and infect, with only worms

And bacteria for my last meal


I release their spirits again

And settle into my beloved’s arms

Knowing how he benefits

From their sacrifices of love


© 2018 Valerie Hathaway

One thought on “Sacrifices of Love

  1. This is great work Valerie! I felt the emotions as I read through the piece. It was poignant, but hauntingly beautiful.

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