The Terrorist

by Kathleen Szoke

                                              You seem innocuous enough
                                              in the everyday world
                                              an offhand smile
                                              I suspect no danger, offer no defence
                                              unaware of the power you wield
                                              and the terror of passion
                                              unwilling to see myself as victim
                                              but in the dark you come to me
                                              tearing apart my benign world
                                              spouting the dogma of love
                                             – that those who don’t believe
                                              will perish in the cataclysm
                                              while true believers
                                              enter paradise.

                                             The Terrorist was originally published in Ascent 
                                             Aspirations, Fall 2008.