Switched-on Gutenberg Issue 16
The Tenderized Kingdom

Put down your puppet and billy club, Birna,
and come to dinner. Your royal cup flows
with berry juice and gems. There are pickled eels
here, red-orange wings of bantam fowl, mushrooms
from the forest, and green fronds. The creatures
who tended them are curled beside the plate.
Use your stout little hands
to crush puppet, who recently leaned,
languid on the eyelid. A whip crack
approach has shut
down. The cypress throne
is yours now, Birna, and the rooms can be
as cold as you like. Let puppet cough. For you: a stand
of fleeced pines, bear rug, mouthfuls of fish from every
sea. You can dream of stars here, and of your ancestors,
and all the animals in the tenderized kingdomó

The World in Four Partitions
Copyright 2010, David Francis

Copyright 2010,  Anne Fiero

Anne Fiero is a radio producer and a writer of poetry, fiction, essays and reviews. She was selected as an Editor's Choice by PoetryMagazine.com, featured on the radio show, "Women of Note," and has read at a range of venues. Her poetry has been adapted into artsong and translated into Spanish.

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