Shark Soup

by Alex Z. Salinas

I have an irrational fear in the shower
when I close my eyes
that a shark will burst through the tile wall
and devour me whole

Perhaps that’s because within the red waters
in the chambers of my heart,
there lurks a shark
with an appetite unceasing
till it has swallowed every top floater alive

My heart is encased in shark teeth,
is a rubber shield of death impenetrable

Except to you,
who pried it open when your lips
locked on mine and your tongue
searched for sustenance
like a hungry shark

My irrational fear is you

Our first kiss
every time
reminds me
every time
of your delicious core,
which beats like a revolutionary fist,
gushes like punctured skin from a mortal wound

And like a good vampire shark,
I open my serrated jaws,
sink my razor teeth in you,
deep in you, my love,
past your cream dermis walls
till I find
that which is all alone,


Then I feed from it.


San Antonian Alex Z. Salinas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in 2011. His flash fiction has appeared online in Every Day Fiction, Nanoism, escarp, 101 Words, 101 Fiction, and ZeroFlash. He has also had poetry published in the San Antonio Express-News.

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