AGAIN THE POET AGAIN RETURNS AGAIN

THE EMPEROR WALKS

One day long ago,
the Emperor Reality
strode with his entourage
in grand procession
through the streets
of the city.
Upon reaching city center,
from the crowd
a small child’s voice
was heard laughing
and crying out,
“Look! The Emperor
has nothing on!”
The Emperor Reality
summarily stopped the
procession and proclaimed,
“Children should be
seen and not heard!” –
whereupon the Emperor’s minion
Minister of Justice ordered
the child’s clothes and
tongue forcibly removed. But,
on searching the crowd,
no child was found –
which caused the Emperor
great embarrassment at the
appearance of not having
a grip on himself;
and from that moment,
the Emperor Reality turned
so reclusive that,
to this date, life
often seems little more
than the echo of
a fool’s imagination.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

take care
how close
you let
these words
who knows
through what
they may
have been
who knows
how oft
spurned who
knows where
or when
they may
EX PLODE
per haps
just as
you turn
to leave
to go
to who
knows where

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