The Vampire
(after Goya’s The Shootings of May Third 1808)
Joseph R. Trombatore

In the dusk of frogs
the pastel wash of an evening’s grace
soft mantel clock ticking


against a floral wallpaper, a Goya fresco
of face & firing squad
fierce & final

a mirror
a silhouette
the only thing

in this nightmare standing guard
a wolf
hungry as ice

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