Poetry | Louis xvi


Louis xvi

© 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr

There’s smugness in those

With absolute power,

A blindness to history,

Unwarranted ego-philia:

“I’m so unique and great

I’ll be the first to avoid that fate.”


Louie’s wife said “No bread? Then call for cake,”

More in ignorance than disdain,

But later, anyway, saw torches coming

Out her leaded window pane.


The elastic can only stretch so far

Before it always snaps back.

It’s a law of Nature more resolute

Than Newton’s apple’s smack.


We First-Worlders tout Democracy,

And some of us smugly laugh

At strutting tonsured despots

Who hurl pathetic threats

From behind the parapets

Of tiny, impotent realms,

While we—oblivious—are strung

Like marionettes, to a devious despot

Far more to be feared

Than a Louie, an Adolph or a Kim Jong-un,

Who has captured the Gates

Of Medicine, of Sustenance, of Fuel,

And even Governance,

And now exacts a toll when we pass through,

Which we gladly pay in gratitude

As our purchases assuage our certitude.


He’s a puppet master of our own making,

A Frankenstein’s Monster stitched from

Parts of a cadaverous economic order,

Yet walking, but streaming a gagging stench—

Presaging death—behind.


The elastic can only be stretched so far

Before it always snaps back.

Louie was downed by a hungry rabble,

Powered by the Grapevine,

But be encouraged:

Our monstrous ruler shall be

Hanged from a virtual yardarm

By a connected, savvy rabble

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