In 1937, the renegade Communist Leon Trotsky (real name: Lev Bronstein) came to Mexico with his family and took up residence with the painter Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo. An affair developed between Trotsky and Kahlo, and Rivera demanded that Trotsky leave. Soon afterwards in his new residence in Mexico, Trotsky was assassinated by an agent of Stalin. Leon Trotsky fled to Mexico Because he had no other place to go. The muralist Rivera gave him shelter Forgetting that the baser passions swelter Even in icons of the Classless State. Trotsky got hard for Diego’s mate, A crippled girl named Frida, whose dark urges Made her subject to erotic surges. Trotsky, who was known to have a knack With ladies, soon had Frida on her back. Diego loved the Revolution’s leader, But drew the line at Trotsky screwing Frida. He gave the Bronsteins notice to depart And so they did, to make another start. Meanwhile, Stalin issued secret orders— An agent was dispatched across three borders To find poor Trotsky and to take him out (Back then Stalin had a lot of clout). Upon arrival, this fell man inquired Just where Trotsky lived. What then transpired Is too well known to tell again in rhymes: Trotsky paid for all his horrid crimes. The agent managed to pull off a nice trick Involving Trotsky’s skull and a sharp ice-pick. Diego’s outraged honor was appeased. And Stalin? Well, let’s just say he was pleased. Now some will argue there is no connection— There really isn’t very much protection When you’re the target of a tyrant’s wrath. But humping Frida sure helped smooth the path. If Trotsky hadn’t felt up Frida’s bottom, Maybe Stalin never would have got him. He might have lived a few more years to write And bring more inconvenient facts to light. That’s the tale, and herein lies a lesson: When you are a house guest, don’t start messin’ With your host’s wife. That is not well-bred— Something may be poised above your head, And it’s not wise to lust for carnal juncture If it leads to deep cerebral puncture. Joseph S. Salemi has published five books of poetry, and his poems, translations and scholarly articles have appeared in over one hundred publications world-wide. He is the editor of the literary magazine Trinacria and writes for Expansive Poetry On-line. He teaches in the Department of Humanities at New York University and in the Department of Classical Languages at Hunter College.