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American Prince

by Nancy Ames

This prince,
this smiling prince,
this American prince,
wears no armour,
has no war-horse to ride,
only hundreds of thousands
of twitter-followers
who can rush like
slashing electronic sabres
to his defence.

Like frenzied formations
of virtual angry birds
they will fly
to his defence,
and some will fly
to his defence
like bright-scaled dragons,
jaws flashing flames,
invisible in the sun-glare
above this turning globe.

And this is because,
in his calm sober gaze,
his long body at ease,
they have seen
his swaggering,
battle-scarred ancestors.


Posted on 12/06/2014
Copyright © 2020 Nancy Ames

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