On Red Flags

On Red Flags

Red flags warn “marked land mines”.
Red flags warn “halt the unfinished race”.
Red flags warn “Socialism”.

Red flags lure charging bulls to the sacrifice.

Many bulls have surrounded me,
fierce bulls of Bashan close me in.
Against me they open wide their mouths,
like a lion, rending and roaring.

Behold, the spectacle of the matador,
hilt of his saber in hand.
Lo, there, the Victor and His Cross,
prepared for the strike.