Men Who Murder

After Mark Grist’s ‘Girls who Read’


Some girls want a man with blue starry eyes

or a man with a sense of humour.

I want a man who murders.


I’ll know him by the thin red curve under his nails

and the twist of scar across his left hand

which says ‘I fight to win.’


I want a man who cuts throats like butter

and kisses under his own code of honour.

I want him to take me by the hand, heart and windpipe.


I want to fear nothing but him,

to live on the verge of combustion.

I want him to grip me like a dagger.


I’m going to paint my lips red

and mark him mine when the sun hits the gutter.

I’m going to dress in red to hide the splatters.


I want to stroke my man’s hair

when it’s all over, I want to cry to my man

from the bottom of a river.


I don’t want someone who thinks he deserves me,

I want a man who murders.

What else do I read books for?

first published in Magma, March 2016, © Flora de Falbe 2016, used by permission of the author.

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