The Emperor’s Tide

Mesmerized by his own success,

swimming naked and alone in the dark


Drowning in what he forever professed,

he rose and fell with each critic’s remark


Hypnotized while diving for fame,

he sank while caught in the tide


His pleadings washed up, divested and bare,

exposed—with nowhere to hide


(Crater Lake: October: 2015)

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