Deadly Kitten

Richard King Perkins II

The distance between us
is an arm’s length;
that which you call intimacy

but what I taste as a regression of infinities
as I’m pulled to the floor

where I suckle mouth-distorting pleasure
in the wrongness
of all that we’re doing.

If I was looking for a deadly kitten
without emotional ties and regard
then I found her

paddling in a bitter ocean, a wet desperation
fighting a war by proxy,
inexplicably purring for all of this and more.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.
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