I face you, king, and hope my knees don’t quiver.
Your leg rests skittishly before your throne.
Your crown jabs the ceiling, a vicious ornament,
but I am smitten with its teeth! I face you
and swiftly I fold, a bow, my hat giggling—
bells too gentle beneath your thundering majesty.
Here, reverence dies, splendiferous Majesty;
Here, I encroach to capture your frown’s quiver
and send it dancing, for I shall see you giggling!
Only knaves could juggle a crown and throne
as hands propel a dozen eggs in the air before you.
Unshakeable are your lips and gilded ornament.
My hat flies past candle clouds—vibrant ornament!
Poised to catch, I look up, aghast! Vacant majesty
brags the jester. A hunter’s smirk ensnares you
as a parachute kisses my palm. Quivering,
your headdress releases the hand of the throne;
I reach out ambiguity and you eye it, giggling.
Such mystery (and my secret sends me giggling),
such suspense exceeds the royal ornament;
how courtiers bleed from ruby knives throned
upon pillows of silken velvet. “Majesty!
I announce, “A crown of ether!” Quivering,
virginal lust blinds your sagacity; of fancy you
knew a different kind. All eyes fix on you,
yet mine tantalize the crown, silently giggling.
Your hands defrock your head without quiver;
with papal pas de chat, my form shadows ornament.
Sparing gluttony, palms enfold the crest of majesty!
Kingly burden I lay atop a pillar—an impermanent throne.
With glee I face your end, spectacle! for on his throne
a man is lost in youth’s idyllic play. I face you,
coronet; charmed courtiers face the Jester Majesty.
I face you, unnatural fog, and spring forward giggling
as hands that juggled for the royal now swipe his ornament.
The pillar in mist seats a belled hat, slightly aquiver.
* * *
I see you adorned with a new bejeweled ornament,
O juvenile majesty. Sometimes I see it quiver,
unanchored, and remember you giggling upon the throne.
What is a sestina poem? Poetry foundation explains:
About the Creator
“When you are describing a shape, or sound, or tint, don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint. And learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” Lewis Carroll
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