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Royal Fragments

A broken pane
can symbolize the real
thing. On this plane

we need reminders—steel
is useful, lead
still carries weight. The heel

of the hero is red
but we call it homicide.
The king was bred

to disregard the tide.
The lion's reign
would end without his pride.

Without a mane
his vanity's in vain.

Common Fragility

Before the pain
can hook him rod and reel,
he takes the plain

old fool's way to steal
from himself. He's led
to believe that he can heal

himself. He read
it more than once inside
a book. He is bread

and he will rise. He's tied
to the horse's rein.
He dreams a needle's pried

his ribs and main-
lines to the heartbreak vein.

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