Added on by Sarah Moore.

I am a leech
A nuisance, petty little needy slug with fangs
Others wade into my waters
so I think maybe they want to be with me
I see them enjoy the company of each other
as they stand in my home
So I say hi with my teeth
thinking myself friendly
But then I taste their repulsion
It seeps out their pores
is a taste in their blood that tells me to let go
I know when my feeding is at another's expense
All legs taste the same
when they do not receive me
do not want me around
I'm not here to steal
but why would they come into my pool
if not to be with me?
And if they remain
who is the host?

July 2018.