Queer Hades (For Sarah Jane)

She gives me a wan smile
As I wander into the kitchen
Exchanging pleasantries,
ant thoughts,
“I think Scar is gay,” she says
Because Lion King is the gas station all millennial conversations eventually stop by
(According to Google, 2014).
“Yeah, I could see that” I say.

Flouncing Disney villains, everywhere:
Oily Jafar, taunting Aladdin
Radcliffe in self-absorbed finery
Ursula, painted from a drag-queen’s stencil
Fabulous, flippant Hades.

At least those damned to hell
Shall rule?
But try as they might
They are always at least two lines away
From acknowledgement.


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