The Carrier

Tonight at the dVerse Poets Pub, we are celebrating the color Red. Sarahsouthwest is our host tonight.

Yeah. Red.

Red reminds me

of you. That careless

blur of candy-slut-red

lipstick that tainted your

white-on-white shirt.

I got rid of

the stain —

but you failed

to get rid of its carrier.


Crimson Red.

Like my face

upon the realization

that everyone knew

(even your mother!)

but me.


Hot Carmine

blood raging through

my veins

like wildfire as

I load

my Glock 43.


Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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