Sunday, March 3, 2013

Three Poems by Bill Wolak

Heaven as Witness

In ancient China many couples
cherished outdoor sex
so that the heavens would witness
their passionate lovemaking.
What was fitting for the heavens
however, was never allowed for others;
so Chinese gardens always were surrounded
by high walls to protect the intimate acts
of lovers enjoying their gardens.

Greeting the King

Whenever Charles V visited Nuremburg,
the city’s most stunning women
greeted him dressed only in flowers.

After the Battle of Hastings, 1066 CE
After King Harold II
was killed by an arrow
that pierced his right eye
at the battle of Hastings,
in washing the dead king’s
body for burial,
they discovered the name
Edith tattooed over his heart.

Bill Wolak is a poet who has just published his fourth book of poetry entitled Warming the Mirror with The Feral Press. He is currently working on a translation of the Italian poet Annelisa Addolorato with Maria Bennett. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

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