Green Cathedral – For Veteran’s Day

The son of the Allentown butcher
will lead the way
point man on the sweep today
through God’s heavenly green cathedral

Verdant canopy reaching to heaven
flickering sunlight illuminates
a mottled parrot red and blue
while on the moss a mantis waits

Her body rises as he kisses her mouth
he knows not where he ends and she begins
Pistol and stamen
intoxicating flower

Why am I here carrying a gun
and not with her
where I would rather be
inhaling her scent?

Tread softly lest I become
a clump of earth.
Will the cathedral know
I have passed this way

if I do not bleed
and mix my essence with the ground?
Or will my footprint remain
the calling card of our appointment

this afternoon, just before
the twilight of Apollo
when I will kill or be killed
by the son of a rice farmer.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Green Cathedral – For Veteran’s Day

  1. beetleypete says:

    I always anticipate this post, and never tire of reading it again.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. vonnely says:

    Noticed your absence on word press. Wish you now a soon recovery and a happy Christmas time with your loved ones!

    Liked by 1 person

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