Classic and Contemporary Poetry
ROYALTY, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD Poet's Biography
First Line: One fine morning, in a land full of mild-mannered folk
Last Line: Were truly kings.
One fine morning, in a land full of mild-mannered folk, a man and woman,
majestic in their bearing, stood on the public square. The man said, "Friends,
I want her to be queen!" And the woman said, "I want to be queen!" She laughed
and trembled. And the man told his friends of a revelation, of a test
completed. Then they swooned into each other's arms, enraptured.
And for one whole morning, as the draperies hung rubycolored from the houses,
and for one whole afternoon, as they walked toward the garden of palms, they
were truly kings.
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