VAMPIRE by MAYA MALDONADO

i got called a “sexual vampire” once
and i think he meant it as a compliment.

he doesn’t know i am the worst kind of vampire
the real kind, the bone kind, the steely fanged kind,
doesn’t know i have power crackling from the tips
of my fingers,
doesn’t know i peel my skin off each night
and transform into an 8 ft incubus
more than capable of biting
when he pushes my head down
but exercising restraint like a pearl.
he doesn’t know i’m not a girl
my lovers call me something other
something boyish with a small smile
perpetually pushed forward by nothingness
sitting in the middle of my chest
like a swing set.
i am fluid and big and moving through the sky
i am fluid and big and moving through the sky
i am fluid and big and moving through the sky
and he doesn’t know.

 


Maya Maldonado is a 20 year-old Puerto Rican, Filipinx, Haitian, Dominican poet based in the South West. They are studying to teach high school English, and think writing is an amazing tool/coping mechanism to give to young students. They often write about identity, gender, intimacy, and finding balance regarding the soft and emotional. They tweet @ritamorenhoe.

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