Cyanide


suffocating caresses

leave her

laughing as she swirls past

an eddy of vermilion vertigo

she teases

with whispers of

amaretto asphyxiation

a breathtaking bitterness

underneath her dizzying kisses


Cyanide is a poison that prevents the body's cells from using oxygen, causing what is, in effect, a chemical suffocation. Oxygen enters the bloodstream but can't be used by the cells. This causes a red flush, because the red blood cells are heavily oxygenated. Cyanide was first isolated from the pigment Prussian blue and is said to smell like bitter almonds to some individuals.