“I Met My Childhood Hero, And He Wants To Kill Me” by Paul Edward Costa

I met the Emperor only once,

looked in his eyes

and saw a familiar

     wrathful lunacy

in place of

     divine love,

unless cupid constructed his compound bow

for the purpose of disfiguring god’s image,

    his template

    when anointing rulers of

the earth.


In him

the new courtiers saw

a stoic figure

dignifying the indifference

of the



on the throne where the old ministers saw

the still-born

corpse of an idea.

fb_img_1484181405049Paul Edward Costa is a writer and spoken word performer who has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in publications such as Timber Journal, Entropy, Thrice FictionEmerge Literary Journal, The J.J. Outre Review, Songs of Eretz Poetry Review,  Alien Mouth, Talking Book, and others. He has work forthcoming in Literary Orphans Journal and Sein Und Werden. He is also the founder of the ongoing “Paul’s Poetry Night” spoken word series in the Greater Toronto Area. He is a high school English teacher with the Peel District School Board.