The Saffron King

The Saffron King


That ragged beggar enthroned

upon the park bench,


with grease-laden locks

pressed against sallow skin.

His needlework (cruel)

crewel embroidery lined up 

along his veins,

his stories forgotten.

Characteristics of him

as a living creature,




What widespread rejoicing do they publicize


What songs do they sing to paint the town red


What bets do they lay down

against this saffron king’s cessation?

He, abdicated by nature’s euthanasia.

The misunderstanding of addiction’s need to rule.


Linda Imbler

Linda Imbler a poet and author of a number of titles including The Sea's Secret Song and Pairings both available from Soma Publishing



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