poetry by j matthew waters

case of the missing king

london county magistrate orders
court jester to appear in propria persona
forced to testify wherein lies the king

according to other testimonies
he was seen swimming past the breakers
sea ernes circling curiously high above

queen slightly adjusts her listening ear
practices breathing in and breathing out
lest the cold hard truth unfolds

stories of palm trees and pretty faces
ushering in a brand new way of life
certainly did not please the court

for goodness sake she declares
please take the liar away from me before
he blasphemes god almighty himself

forcefully shushing suppressed laughter
magistrate politely asks her majesty
shouldn’t they break for tea & biscuits

september two thousand seventeen
copyright j matthew waters
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