by Cameron Hunt McNabb
Mosquitos teach me patience.
And unmitigated rage.
They are the wages of my sins.
The red life-blood plucked,
Sucked and stolen,
Swollen by their gluttony.
Their vampiric bites turn red to white,
They imprint their mark upon my skin.
But when they whisper in my ear
I strike their heads against the heel
of my hand
And shed the life-blood, now twice-spilled.
Cameron Hunt McNabb is an assistant professor of English at a liberal arts university in Florida. A fourth generation Tampa native, much of her work focuses on Florida settings and themes.