Carnevale In Venice: Masque of The Dread Death

February 25, 2020 at 11:43 pm (Fantasy, Geopolitics and International Relations, International Intrigue, Literature, Mystery, Mystery/horror, Mythology, News, Poetry, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , )

Carnevale In Venice: Masque of The Dread Death

Coronavirus spreads 
like jam on bread 
China, Iran, South Korea,
Northern Italy
Wide clusters of cases

Authorities decree 
no carnevale masque balls
In Venice 
The night before Ash Wednesday 
Thus Lent will arrive early for many

Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Parades and music 
Party goers dance 
Voodoo spells 
Driven away by sounds of jazz
Many dollars are spent on the French Quarter

In Canada, Shrove Tuesday
aka National Pancake Day
Justin Trudeau with 
post-Magical Mystery Tour pot smoke munchies 
eats two dozen pancakes 
covered in patriotic maple syrup 
Goes to give speech on how to end child hunger 
Ends up with a loss for words

But in Venice 
no joy on the canal
Coronavirus has come out

But the children of the night 
are natural rebels
Like wolves outside a Transylvanian nobleman’s castle 
What music they make

They put on masks
Ladies in lovely Renaissance style evening gowns
Men wearing white wigs 
And wearing Age of Louis XIV attire 
likewise mask themselves 

Rent gondolas
And sail canals of Venice 
In defiance of authorities
Dance on the streets

One son of Night 
wearing a New York Knicks
t-shirt walks around singing,
“I am what I am”
On his face he wears the Greek mask of Comedy
At the back of his head the Greek mask of Tragedy 

He goes up to people with his happy smiling laughing face
He touches them gently
They fall to ground dead
He walks away 
And you can see the sad crying unhappy face 

He goes into an elegant Venetian hotel 
And up to a room
Where he opens the door

And there is the Greek goddess Hera
The Queen of Olympus

Hera speaks,
Thanatos, son of Nyx,
You have turned a carnevale cruise 
into Charon’s ferry ride across the Styx.

-A poem and vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Tuesday February 25th


  1. Fiery said,

  2. Judy Kim said,

    Evocative poem

  3. David Redpath said,

    In Sydney last night it was the
    Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020.
    As always, Uncle Ernie was front
    and centre (more front than centre)
    leading the parade. He looked a
    sight, wearing a pink sequined
    face mask (that was forced to
    wear for the protection of the
    other revellers) that matched his
    pink sequined g-string. Anyway,
    everybody had a gay old time during
    this iconic Australian annual
    recreation of Sodom & Gomorrah 🙄

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      I guess the Sydney Gay and Lesbian community must be Pope Francis style Catholics since they held their Mardi Gras on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday instead of on Shrove Tuesday (the day before).

      I believe in the pre-Vatican II Church, one had to give up wearing pink sequined g-strings during the 40 days of Lent as a form of abstinence.

      How times have changed.

      I noticed Pope Francis didn’t bother meeting a group of priests on Ash Wednesday to put ashes on their foreheads claiming that he was “indisposed” (the Vatican media were implying that he had come down with the coronavirus since they noted he was “in solidarity with coronavirus patients”).

      However he felt well enough that same day to attend a Catholic Green Climate Change group meeting and tell them they weren’t “green” enough.

      No doubt he met with a group of pink sequined g-string wearing Jesuit priests that same day and told them they weren’t “pink” enough.

      • David Redpath said,

        And no doubt, the next time
        he slaps a Chinese nun about
        he’ll be wearing rubber gloves
        and a face mask 😷

      • David Redpath said,

        Being a drug dealing apolitical
        Ashkenazi Trotskyist in a red dress
        (and that’s not easy to do in stilettos)
        I’m sure Uncle Ernie is pink enough.
        In fact, they were playing Uncle Ernie’s
        favourite song during the big parade.

        🎶Ten years in the jailer’s eye
        An’ I’m thinkin’ ’bout my baby
        Looking at my life go by
        Falling in the streets I’m broke
        An’ I’m laughing at the poor man
        Talking to the blind man

        See the lady
        in the street car lights
        Colour a la Toulouse
        Television and the red red wine
        So won’t you tell me
        Won’t you tell me the truth
        Are you old enough?
        Are you old enough oo oo
        Are you old enough oh oh

        Time goes and here we stand
        Laughing at the side show
        Sinking in the quick sand
        The other side of another world
        Scratch my back go the coloured girls
        Yeah, oh yeah

        I just wanted to kiss someone
        I got the moondog blues
        You just happened to be standing there
        So won’t you tell me
        Won’t you tell me the truth
        Are you old enough? 🎶

        ~ Dragon

        (Poor Uncle Ernie. He has landed in
        jail several times just for not asking
        that question, so now he sings it all
        the time.)

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Something Uncle Ernie and Roman Polanski share in common.

      • David Redpath said,

        Uncle Ernie once met Roman Polanski.
        It was in Germany during Oktoberfest.
        Uncle Ernie was wearing lieberhausen,
        and Polanski was wearing a waitress 🙈

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I imagine Polanski was rising like the German Fatherland.

        And an old Hitler Youth member after seeing Uncle Ernie in lieberhausen sang, “There no longer remains a glory unseen, tomorrow belongs to the undertaker…”

      • David Redpath said,

        Yes, I guess the good folk at
        Oktoberfest had never seen
        lieberhausen worn with a
        sequined leather g-string 😳

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I hear Alcoholics Anonymous meetings throughout Germany were packed the next day.

      • David Redpath said,

        And good old Uncle Ernie was out
        the front selling subscriptions for
        his mail order “Drug of the Day” ✉️

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Always willing to do anything to make a quick buck.

        Although I don’t know if Uncle Ernie appreciated where that stag in the Black Forest put his horns. 🦌

      • David Redpath said,

        He’s no stranger to a Stag Party,
        is old Uncle Ernie. But he always
        seems ends to up getting bored,
        or gored 🐗 being a wild boar.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        He’s been a wild rover for many a year
        And now he carries a Grand Canyon sized rear…

      • David Redpath said,

        Uncle Ernie is to be the first Aussie
        to undergo an analoplasty. He’s a
        a bit of a pioneer when it comes to
        the his rear.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And for those doctors and nurses who participate in the procedure, William Shatner will give this brief eulogy at their joint memorial service, “Uncle Ernie’s rear end… for them… the FINAL frontier.”

      • David Redpath said,

        Yes, forget the Corona virus!
        Uncle Ernie is ground zero for
        Hyposuziquatroplegia. Once
        contracted you are unlikely to
        ever survive going down that
        Devil Gate Drive 😈

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        No doubt, David. 😂🤣

  4. Jessica said,

    Best lines ever!
    “the children of the night
    are natural rebels
    Like wolves outside a Transylvanian nobleman’s castle”

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you, Jessica. 🙂

      And beware of Transylvanian noblemen who show up outside your door or window at night and say, “I don’t drink…. wine.” 😂

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