Crown

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I walk as a servant

With rings for eyes

Wanting no king 

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Little boys like to hunt

Too much excitement in woods

Will make them forget names

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Overkilled road kill

Blood pulse reads rapidly

Veins will burst

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Forest with little remembrance of footsteps

Only trees recollect memory

Forest filled with lazy movements

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He wears no skin

While hunting at dawn

Clean his collected pelts

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Black ink pours out of toenails

Prints of paths left behind

Please don’t follow mine

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Windows with no sight

Cold fingers slip through holes

Is this how my brother Andrew feels?

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I did not aim this arrow

But my eyes will follow

And watch point of impact

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Aged wood and broken granite

Memory of children imprinted on ground

Wasteland reeks of impurity

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I see him with no arms

Forced to grin with bloody teeth

Hanging from tied feet

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Lost domain of fallen king

Foreign wolves under new rule wander

Tearing throats of old believers

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With this arrow, I pierce my jaw

Teeth flow from manmade hole

This way I won’t drown

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Can’t give shadows back

Explosion plastered to wall

In light, sleep under manufactured dust

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I sit on silver

Sipping from stolen skulls

Swallowing royalty

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Man in concrete show your face

Prove to me I’m not alone

But I know in my flesh and in my bone

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Murdered king sees justified crown

Stolen antlers create memory of pain

Those who wear know of false royalty

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Lost in modern beliefs

King mocks those who eat blindly

King doesn’t know they eat his flesh

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I tell boys to put out fire

They just laugh at crossed eye chickens

Now our town is doomed

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I accidentally stabbed wolf’s eye out

With his one bloody socket, he screams

I fear wolf is going to kill

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Chains roll across trembling hills

Colliding with innocent homes

Summer breeze becomes a cry

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Late night drinks with lesser gods

Listening to split tongues

They say I could be their higher deity

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Infant with no toes

Crawls deep into puddles

Laughing at those who walk

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Sleep to rising ground

Gentle whisper of cracking rock

Dreams of discovery planted

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I wish I could laugh like you

But it takes time to settle down

So I begin to pretend