The Kiss of Contagion

The Writer, Vernon Wade

Vernon Wade is a poet, author and freelancer. He has been published in The Gorge Literary Journal, Dualsport Rider Magazine, Hack’d Magazine, The Sidecarist, ROB Magazine and The Hood River News.

The world fills him with wonder.  When he looks at the sky he is lifted into flights of fancy, when he stares at the earth he is drawn beneath its surface. He is delighted to find the macrocosm and the microcosm equally mesmerizing.

You feel the warmth rising,

the gentle caress of contagion brushing across your lips.

You try to deny it, to push it away.

But there is no denying

what you feel in your chest,

the ache at the back of your throat.

It has caught you,

and you will not get free.

You may struggle,

but ultimately, you will surrender.

Too late,

you wash your hands.

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