My Mistress

by Paul de Denus

I've fallen for Cleo 

like a clown through a trap door. 

She's everything I ever wanted 

but like a bag of snakes, 

she's full of surprises. 

Her moods can change 

like hours in a day, 

her tastes as dangerous as 

my ex-wife's cooking. 

Yes, my marriage, 

a once ‘out-of-this-world' experience is over, 

the ex now alien, 

distant and cold as the moon above. 

My thoughts for Cleo run crazy wild, 

scatter like hunted deer. 

Her love potion runs through my veins, 

intoxicates my being 

as if bitten by a witch.