Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

Varna Beach

Kenneth Hickey

Hot holiday,
Passed peasant to present,
Sky china white,
Sand white as night,
Scene of green sea seen
by tripping toddlers trampling through
tulips of complimentary beer glasses.
All inclusive package preferred.
Gem of the Bulgarian Black Sea.
Come experience the very pinnacle of luxury,
All-inclusive excellence.

Tattooed Vandal and Visigoth,
Sallow Saxon, Celtic cream,
Burning dark these northern pelts
in the black sea, Black Sea, sun. 

Watch five year old American movies,
Deutsch dubbed, subtle Bulgarian subs.
News of The World available for four fifty,
Three times the price and a day late.
Still buy it and read cover to cover.
A guy with turrets won Big Brother.

The same out here as elsewhere.
Lebanon the lead story on newsreaders’ lips.
Familiar words in strangers’ mouths.

Since the wall came down
moving east relentless for our kicks.
Marching west for work,
They pass us on the path.
People trafficking a constant worry.
Hold your passport tight.

Victor from Varna, in an ex-soviet jeep,
Drives Debbie from Durham through crumbling villages,
Continuous construction for foreign investors,
Tax deductible profits guaranteed.
Each a stranger in a strange state.
The future a red shining beacon,
Blazing flame of modernity bright,
Burning all to identical ash.