whose hardy beds survive harsh wind,
pray for us.
Red-robed men in stony homes
vault above us.
What god would disavow
your color-soaked creation,
the velvet variance of each heart?
John Del Peschio's work appears in the current issue of modern words. His poem "fifi the dangerous fag dog" opens the anthology Queer Dog, from Cleis Press, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg. His contact information is available through the directory of writers at Poets & Writers.