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Coy and Beguiling
by Larry Rochelle

Monday, March 21, 2005
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Coy and Beguiling

the kiss of death awaits
youngsters of twenty, fresh from lollipop fields
smack dab in the middle
of theater complexes sprung up
in farmers’ fields
at the blunt edge
of town where white flight scared
the bejesus out of mom and dad
and plastic-sealed homes rolled
up hills and down quaint
country roads until the smoke
of cities disappeared but the reach
of hatred grabbed boys ready for mating and
sent them off to holy places
looking for Jesus and hoping
for salvation,
each attack gunnery whooping
noodles strung like
fire in black skies melting
brains, sanctifying holy ground.

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Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/22/2005
Hmmm, well I am nothing if not honest... a very strong visual - but of what I can't be 100% sure: something pretty ghastly and devastating which bleaches the blood from the skin leaving only the comfort of... a credo?! Just makes me think that there ain't no glory in Holy War for those in whose name the war is fought. For those who die - well, who knows. Probably barking here, but I always enjoy your Picasso poetry, Larry. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/22/2005
Powerful read Larry!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by jude forese 3/21/2005
very powerful and potent poem!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/21/2005

You pen the most visually stunning, terrifying (at times) scenes--JAYS

Another stunner--thought provoking, reminds me of the Cuban missle crisis, the panic--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/21/2005
Larry this is an incredible dramatic scene!
Beautifully captured! Good to see you back!

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