defenders / old & new
by Maureen Kingston

the Great Wall / Wailing / Hadrian & Stonewall
gates & buffer states / agitprop agents policing
the arts / purists & apologists / letting in / keeping out

the double ferment of La Linea & the DMZ
concertina wire coiling in border keeps / black truffle
mines fruiting underground / waiting to be harvested

outdated stratagems one & all / pushpin logic in an
app world / because the night-errant / the gamester
Templar / must win his End Times battle now

he breaches plot defenses / strips bare character wires
pulverizes pacing in a keystroke / by the flick of his joystick
thumb Eden explodes / shazam! / five thousand bonus points

Illya's Honey Literary Journal

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