The Emperor of the Kingdom of Night

Look between the carcasses

of floating fancies – yesterday’s celebrations

and half-hearted desires. All

the payments of disposable dreams:

one man’s luxury and another’s adventures;

The great triumphs of capitalism–a ghost story;

Transient, fleeting, momentary stillness

of gasped breaths: remnants, if judgmental, of

your wants and his needs –

And in between the discarded

And the unheeded,

is perched in this distilled stillness

of the disempowered acceptance of his own regal fate,

The Emperor of the Kingdom of night.

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