Three Poems by Bill Wolak

Roman Virgins

 

In Rome no virgins could ever be executed.

If a offender was discovered to be a virgin,

the executioner was required by law

to rape her first before killing her.

 

 

The Pathans Punish Adultery

 

The Pathans found adultery so intolerable

that they punished it with excruciating consequences.

The man convicted of that crime was staked to the ground

in the sweltering sun with chili peppers thrust up his anus

and sharp thorns stuffed into the urethra of his penis.

Then after sufficient shrieking, he was kicked in the testicles till he died.

The woman also was staked to the ground with her legs

wide apart.  Then a quickly growing vine was planted in the earth

between her legs and directed to grow into her vagina,

where it wound through her viscera.  After a week of agonizing suffering,

the plant would rip through her entrails as if they were topsoil,

and she would exsanguinate.

 

 

The Smile of a Stranger

 

While St. Brendan the Navigator waited in a carriage

for his mentor, Bishop Erc of Kerry, an attractive

young girl happened to smile at him.  St. Brendan,

outraged at this challenge to his celibacy in broad daylight

by a succubus in the form of an adorable young girl,

attacked her, beating her concupiscent flesh

with his walking stick until the crowd pulled him away.

 

Bill Wolak

 

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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