STEP BACK (DRACULA) (hour 8)
How could Jonathan have been so obtuse?
A newby British bank clerk, sure; early 20th century,
yes! But so naive as to travel to far-fetched Romania?
First by train, then overnight horse-and-four
driven by a man who commanded red-eyed wolves –
all to get some unaging stranger to sign
property deeds in London? Seriously,
bite me! Why didn’t he turn back
when natives cursed and/or bestowed
on him garlic wreaths and clunky metal crosses?
Ah, well, you know the rest: boy meets
vampire, suppresses homoerotic longings
all while protecting his chaste finance who
lusts after the Count (she’s been bitten,
of course, trying to uncover the mystery
of her BFF turned blood-sucking Bloofer Lady).
And you know what follows, step by step:
boy and friends uncover conspiracy
to sap ye old merry homeland of its young
and new blood. Stake driven through heart,
corpses burned or shot. Girl and country saved.