Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, UNCROWNED, by ALFRED GOLDSWORTHY BAILEY



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First Line: The ogre leaps with massing hands
Last Line: And no blood-basted armies fish it back.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Violence; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


The ogre leaps with massing hands
and takes the king's head for his football feet,
takes all and what would be a stump of neck
contains no shrivelled seed of future crowns.

Hope dozes in the eye and tongue drips out
as blowpipe hate knots face to score a goal:
and faces fired in the glass of lust
drum hands on arteries of pulsing bone.

The carrion is sharpened for the feast
and butter bursts from eyeballs roasting slow.
Cream-wafered ears where rubies once were set
and vitamins of ghost reward the beast.

The dynasty is swallowed by the panting pump
and no blood-basted armies fish it back.





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