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Ezekiel J. Krahlin

(A True Tale From The Castro. Eat your heart out, Armistead!)

©1998 by Ezekiel Krahlin

     petals twisted around themselves
     tremble to surrender to the world
     a glory to be witnessed
     beneath the brilliant sun

          my heart is a blue rose

          the chain of command
          the chain of heartbreak
               the rosey chain
               radiates from my heart
                    chakra    lotus blossom
                    4th seal of the apocalypse
               spreads over eureka valley s.f.
                    petals tossed into a concrete pond
                         ripple outward
               and beyond
               as i fall into the arms of the
               new marines    soldiers of the pink triangle
               army of lovers invincible
               stand before the world

               and the world trembles:      thracians!

               same sex paramours
               militias skilled in the art of love
               physical beauty and stamina:
                    all weapons to win
                    the heart of the enemy
                    to our side
                         or perish
               provocateurs of seduction shall throw down
               the garters of all governments
               and the whores of cold cash

               these are the thracians
                    and the innermost circle:
                         the order of the blue rose
                              sudden death to you who scorn
                              any one of my beloved warriors
                                   let this be commandment 11

     legions of unicorns and winged horses
     stand ready for battle
     to serve as warrior steeds
     the moment i give the signal

          a blue rose in the window