My love has never been for sale
I’ve rented it out on occasion
Most often the arrangement ended in a turbulent eviction
There were some tenants seeking only temporary occupancy
They fled undercover of night back into their darkness of deceptive intention.
Still others unwilling to conform to what they considered restrictions by a lease of commitment.
Wanting to opt for a more flexible arrangement.
Then there was you
Without bribe or allurement
You seduced my resolve
In full view of my heart’s dauntless safeguards
Such a skilled thief and benevolent larcenist
You stole my heart
since I was unable to give it.
A crime commissioned
in the name of endearment.
On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield, Judge Santiago Burdon was born on a Friday. The Bronte sisters, Keats, Burns and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London and Paris directing his focus on Victorian novels and authors. His short stories and poems have been featured in; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, Independent Writer's Podcast, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, The Raven Cage, Eskimo Pie, Across The Margin, Story Pub, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Stray Branch and Anti-Heroin Chic. "Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales" the first book from Santiago was published by HST Publishing in January. He is presently engaged in finishing his book "Imitation of Myself." A non-fiction story encompassing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. He celebrated his 66th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.