Something Cool for Christmas? (For That Special Love)
I couldn’t resist. A poem of mine, as yet unpublshed, “The Vampire’s Advice” gives instruction to a protégée to “smile, my dear, smile,/ let them think of those ruby lips/ . . . .” Nor is my vampire the first in this strategy. The jewelry, below, is by Salvador Dali (1945) via Facebook, courtesy of The Bram Stoker Estate, while the quotation that follows is from Jonathan Harker’s Journal in DRACULA concerning the ladies resident in the Count’s castle.
“All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips. There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips. It is not good to note this down; lest some day it should meet Mina’s eyes and cause her pain; but it is the truth. They whispered together, and then they all three laughed — such a silvery, musical laugh, but as hard as though the sound never could have come through the softness of human lips. It was like the intolerable, tingling sweetness of water-glasses when played upon by a cunning hand. The fair girl shook her head coquettishly, and the other two urged her on. One said: –
“’Go on! You are first, and we shall follow; yours is the right to begin.’ The other added: –
“’He is young and strong; there are kisses for us all.’ . . .”