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The Web, One Throne Magazine

"Embrace of the Web" by Mia.
© Please do not reproduce without artist's permission.

by Emma Paulet


The web warps

when I exhale,

my soul escaping my nostrils,

my lips —

then I breathe it back

and it wails, wails, wails.

I have time —

all the time in this room —

to breathe

in and out,

in and out.

And you

(oh, you) —

you lie on

the floor

in your final exhalation;

you will breathe

no more.


I am, indeed —

this is exaltation,

but I will miss you

and your screams

when ennui descends.

You were my favourite foe,

dom, proctor, collector, boyfriend.


An overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM)

Emma Paulet started out in life by being born. She studies English at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and is the current Chair of Creative Writing for The Inklings Society. Her poems usually scare her parents. This is her first international publication.

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