El Vampiro de Moca

© Joanna Parypinski

In fields dry-roasted by the baking sun
that blazes on the lavender flowers
of the Moca tree sprawl four flaccid sheep;
they are not asleep, their glassy eyes gaze
into infinity, and tiny puncture
wounds pierce through flesh and fleece,
now pale, now drained.
There, on the field of dead
yellow grass, slump nine deflated goats
and thirty turkeys bled bone dry. Ay,
Díos mío, ¿qué permitiste pasar?

In the night the Chupacabra slinks
through the shadowland:
reptilian scales on green-gray skin
and spines like knives on its back;
it hops like a kangaroo, with a dog face,
a panther nose, shark-like fangs
and blood-red eyes and bat wings.
Oh, hiss and screech if you will,
go slouching through the city streets
on alien feet, and see who smells
the sulfur rotting on your snakelike tongue.
¿De dónde es el extranjero?
Area 51 was not so ripe.

In Maine, by the side of a well-paved road
lolled the limp and lifeless carcass, roadkill
plowed down by monster truck tires
and a sneering steel front bumper
with flies in its teeth. Nobody could
identify the rodent-like animal
with razor fangs, and by time they saw
it anyway, the vultures had picked it
clean. No tema lo que no existe.
…¡que exista todo! Oh, mauler of
livestock, legend notorious, where were
you when they said el Vampiro de Moca
was a pack of rogue crocodiles?

Categories: Poetry, Writing


  1. como son o quien lo creo a ello o en donde esta jeja ja ello en q part de el mundo

  2. Where did you get it was crocodiles lol!?

  3. Crocodiles! There are no crocs on that part of the island. I grew up right next to were the killings happened and this is not true. The killings were done by Antonio “Tute” Vale and others. He admitted to them later in life. Some people claim that Tomás de Jesús Mangual, a reporter, used to pay Tute and others to kill goats and marked them to look like a vampire like creature did the job. Thus having a lot of content to write for the El Vocero news paper.

    • That’s interesting, I had no idea! I read some wild article once claiming that the killings had been done by crocodiles, and, amused and intrigued by the idea, I thought it would make an interesting inclusion here: the idea of substituting one absurdity for another. Thanks for sharing!

      • My parents and neighbours agreed that it was creppy when it happened though. People in white suits with radiation detectors came and nobody could eave their homes, I was a newborn when it happened and my parents had to be locked down. Today is full of houses but back then it was a big sugar cane and livestock field. I’m happy that people like you know and talk about it. Thanks for doing that! Will check your book out!

  4. Interessante,
    quero ler todos seus títulos. Parabéns Joanna!

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