From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

I Kissed a Dragon

I kissed a dragon once
in a desert hammered flat by stars.
His breath, hot with experience,
scraped
but
made me feel
vibrant.

I kissed a vampire once
with techno caking our ears and vodka perfuming our bodies.
The spew of my blood
numbed
but
made me feel
endless.

I kissed a mermaid once
at a beach where fresh adults set free their virginity.
The roundness of his lips
soothed
but
made me feel
entombed.

I kissed a fairy once
on a carpet squirming with spent streamers.
His gasp as my teeth encountered skin
thrilled
but
made me feel
guilty.

I kissed a goblin once
among the grumblings of a TV I had switched on to ignore.
The crumple of his hair against my chest
tickled
but
made me feel
dirty.

I kissed you once, twice, three times
and though you still sing to me like you used to,
the lacuna of your kiss
stings wide
and

still makes me feel.

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Sharang Biswas

Sharang Biswas. A man of South Asian descent in his thirties with wavy black hair up to the base of his neck, an eyebrow piercing on his left, a black button-down shirt, and a silver tie patterned in blue. He is laughing.

Sharang Biswas is a writer, artist, and award-winning game designer. He has won IndieCade and IGDN awards for his games and has showcased interactive works at numerous galleries, museums, and festivals, including Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. His writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, Baffling Magazine, Eurogamer, Dicebreaker, Unwinnable, and more.