Starving, I wolf down many layered sardines
bathed in olive oil.
The King’s picture is on the papery cover
that rattles invitingly to my touch.
King Oscar would protect you from every threat
imaginable. Hordes of barbarians, with
Spears aloft. Floods on mountain-sides
that seek to squoosh us alive.
Thunderbolts of Zeus that
would sizzle our skin.
Such a hero is the King.
Broad shoulders with
Epaulets like ship
Moustaches that sweep downward
A full beard like a roaring furnace.
He is our man.
The Good King Oscar.
editors note: Sardine salvation. Stock up for the apocalypse! (Canned ekphrasis? Uncanny! – check it out here.) – mh clay