The abandoned office building
is run by vomit-green shadows
and dismembered mannequins.
Their rat-gnawed arms and legs
are strewn about the spiral staircase
that jiggles like colorless gelatin,
twisting through sweat and panting
up to a zebra-print door that glows
with faint words of warning scrawled
in metallic coral lipstick.
Blood-splashed streets of yesteryear
checkered with sticky tumbleweeds
lead to a periwinkle ocean
that moans like it is drunk on rum.
It starts off as deep as death’s
invigorating chill in late August,
the stagnant water as high as a redwood.
Must dive in.
Save loved ones.
Burst forth to land on concrete.
Milky red figure’s crank-caller breath
injects my jugular with needle-like pressure.
Concrete turns into moving ramp.
Run up escalator,
Get to the top--
Fade to midnight.
Lisa Pellegrini is a graduate of Beaver College (now Arcadia University) with a Bachelor's degree in English. Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices and Whispers by Iliad Press. In 2005, she wrote and self-published a romantic mystery novel, Kiss the Devil Goodbye, through Borders' Personal Publishing program. She has written and published over 160 poems and short stories on StoryMash.com, a collaborative writers' website.