Vlad the Impaler
Fukuyama proclaimed The End
of History and the Last Man,
and now I'm beginning
to believe him: Dracula has risen
once more in Transylvania, the ancient undead
successor of dead and buried Communism.
Except this time the fangs are biting
deep into the necks of tourists
in the newly renovated forests of Romania,
home of the free, the brave, the capitalists
who are recreating their bloody history
with Vlad the Impaler atop the castle walls
of Europe's first indigenous theme park.
I laughed, I cried, then I saw the news:
this ain't no American mousetrap, it's a Slavic hell
on earth hosted by the demonic
Master of Ceremonies himself, a corpse
out for vengeance and just a little respect.
Better skip the T-shirt and save your neck,
buy a stake with garlic and some bottled holy water
because nightfall is closing in, the shadows
alive with third-world hunger, resentment,
the wolves are circling outside the walls,
and this howling nightmare is for real.
Thomas Fortenberry is an American author, editor, and publisher. Owner of Mind Fire Press, he has judged many literary
contests, including The Georgia Author of the Year Awards and The Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction. His work has appeared internationally in publications such as Amelia, Cicada, Maelstrom, Contemporary Southern Poets of 1997, Poetry Magazine, Writer's Choice, Soul Unmade, Poetry Superhighway, Ariga, Eternity, Gravity, Uno, Lower Than the Angels, and is forthcoming as the introduction and commentary on a new edition of H. G. Wells' The Outline of History (Barnes & Nobles Classics).
"Dracula Themepark" Copyright © 2002 Thomas Fortenberry. All rights
First published March 2002 in Lumi Virtuale. Re-printed by permission of the author.
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