WINE-BAR WARRIORETTES / by Joseph Castorino


These women are ready for

war in the new age of



Like crafty cunning soldiers,

they’ve strategically

painted on their camouflage,

makeup that will make up

for their physical flaws,

allowing them to be invisible --

an ingenious cloaking device

to hide from their enemies.


They arm themselves with

poison gas, perfume packed with

pleasing and alluring aphrodisiacs

to force the enemy to surrender.


They proudly don their battle gear,

skimpy skin-tight tops and

magnetic miniskirts

that hypnotically mesmerize

the hapless men,

holding captive their

helpless eyes.


The opposite of love is

not hate but