“King For A Day”

Flapping sails beat out the background rhythm
While pulsing lines trill a song of despair.
A small bird circles the winged sloop, then lands.

A slack shroud snags the sparrow’s foot
Strident sounds of panic pierce the placid air.
The sympathetic ship’s mate scales the soaring mast.

With loving care, the visitor is borne to ground
And gently placed within a gold-encrusted box.
Free to take wing he stays. King for a day.

(Written for dVersepoets, Form for All: Poetry As Semaphore. August 01, 2013. 140-character stanzas.)

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11 Responses to “King For A Day”

  1. zongrik says:

    i like the free to take wing, he stays. like a bird you set free, but it stays.

    a tweet of a poem

  2. billgncs says:

    nice VB — I always think of semaphores as flags, and this communicated a nice message.

  3. brian miller says:

    really nice use of alliteration to move this right along…cool progression as well..cool choice he made there in the end as well…smiles.

  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautifully written and so vivid… I especially like the 2nd stanza.

  5. Rowan Taw says:

    A beautiful tale.

  6. claudia says:

    free to take wings, he stays.. that’s what touched me most.. so precious

  7. What a nice embedded tale in your poetry, and so befitting to make it a tale about a bird

  8. Wonderful use of the prompt, VB–rich descriptions. It seems as though the discipline of 140 characters produces great things.

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    A beautiful tale, with beautiful images!

  10. kelvin s.m. says:

    …i say, sail on… sail on… re-right that young captain’s heart… and sail on… sail on… even for only a day…. this is exquisite… i loved this… thank you… smiles…

  11. Like a tale drawn from the pages of fable and myth, this verse is so vivid that I can imagine every detail of the scene so well,

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