***BIO*** Shannon Barber is an author residing in the Pacific Northwest.  She has been published in Scared Naked Magazine, Velvet Mafia, Ssspread, Quantum Muse and Open Wide.  Most of her time is searching for coffee flavored coffee and cursing.  See her blog here http://nudemuse.org/blogger.html, feel free to stop by point and laugh or run screaming.
2006 zygoteinmycoffee Ink.
by Shannon Barber
You stare at me as if I should know better.
You look like I should be jealous.
Jealous of your smile and wily ways.
You part my lips in the semblance of a smile.
Eyes that are not mine stare from the mirror.
Bestial beauty.
Barely constrained by civility.
I look closer.
Yes eye to eye with the enemy.
I smile - She smiles.
Obsidian eyes gleaming with cold fire.
I say I'll eat you alive.
She says I'll finish you for desert.
Slowly she is no longer the stranger.
This skin is my own.
The glittering eyes I begin to recognize.
And I am no ghost.
I smile and give her a wink.
She smiles and winks back.
We say - I don't love you but I know you.
Love will come soon enough.
The woman I was-
The woman I am
Together behind black eyes and secret smiles.
June 2006