Terrified Love (How Dare You!)

how dare you say
      I am in love.

I am poison and firebreath, reaching
for acidic thunderclouds in a gunmetalled sky,
   to clutch in my bony fingers
   to sink my vampire fangs into,
   to suck the infected blood from
I am the slimy chill of winter radiation
sighing through your cells like a blade of ice
a night terror,
   a monster,
      chimera and patchwork mistake.
things vile and toxic.

you don't understand.
      I can't be in love.

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