Crown Of Thorns

Cloning the emperor,

assuming the throne

knighted impostor,

unregally grown


With hell for a kingdom,

his scepter ignites

flames burning memory,

a mirror’s delight


The queen held for ransom,

 a prince in his bed

jester on fire,

all subjects rebled


A rival approaches,

the bishop a swan

his guillotine royal

—beheaded in song


(Beaupre: November, 2021)


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