Old World Vampires


Tie that soft ribbon

around your wrist.

It will serve

just as well

as ball and chain.

Hang that old sheepskin

on the wall.

Dig a hole in the sand

to bury your head.

Claim conscience

as you commit the crime.

Assign victims

with their wounds and repartee.

Eschew the virtues

of calloused hands

and apron strings fraying,

for the more prominent

vampires of our nature.

Set as such

in mountains of prestige.

Amongst the colonnades

of old-world favor.

Not realizing

that the old world

lives by drinking blood

and yours

is as fresh as it comes.



DJR – 2022

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