Deborah Beach Giordano
© May 5, 2011

For several seasons
our society
has celebrated,
admired and adored
human vampires –
undead ghouls
who feast on
the blood
of other
living things.

Comfortably suburban,
far from their
moth-eaten clothing
and mouldering tombs,
now well-groomed,
and successful –
they’re all
we want to be.

and idealized
glamour personified,
these Draculas, defanged,
cloak a grim reality:
with a taste
for blood
can never
be the same.

An addictive,
unholy hunger
drives them
to kill and kill again;
without conscience
or compassion,
of friend or foe –
whatever will feed
the desperate craving
that can never be satisfied.

Once upon a time
we understood Nosferatu,
we knew the truth
behind the nightmare tale
of a tragic and half-alive soul
unwittingly become
the unwilling servant
of unending death –

yet now his kith and kin
are stars –
a modern makeover
dream come true;
no longer a horror
but a joy to behold,
a goal to achieve,
a fate
to be wished.

Join us, they whisper,
in soft and seductive tones;
it won’t take a minute
operators are standing by
your call is free
and we’ll even waive
the membership fee;

the destruction of
your freedom,
your belief in justice,
and all personal integrity
makes you look great
and keeps your skin
wrinkle free;

surrender to us
and all will be well –
you’ll never
have to think for yourself

But of course
there’s really
no such thing
as vampires.

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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