THE KING OF HIS LAWN

 

see him
just across the way there
leaning on his cane
and smoking his cigarette
in his white plastic throne; he
is the king of his lawn
and his kingdom runs
as far as his
fading eyes
can see.

he waters his garden
he trims the weeds, he
pillages his dynasty with
the blades of a lawnmower that roar like
the armies of his backbone.

he
is the king
of his lawn.

high ruler of
this kingdom
and he surveys
and he makes the decisions
and he brings his
portable radio out with him
and listens to what
the rest of the world is so obsessed with,
listens to
what the world is doing
as he stubbornly becomes
a gargoyle
serving and protecting his people
of which
he hasn’t any.

but you can tell
by his beaten-up
wife-beater
and his pristine blades of wet grass
and the dying look in his eye
as he watches you walk by,
that he
is the king
of his lawn.

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2012

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19 thoughts on “THE KING OF HIS LAWN

  1. And the winner goes to: “and he brings his
    portable radio out with him
    and listens to what
    the rest of the world is so obsessed with,
    listens to
    what the world is doing
    as he stubbornly becomes”
    Add that his lawn is the best in all the land and he looks down on the lesser “kingdoms”!

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  3. ‘but you can tell
    by his beaten-up
    wife-beater
    and his pristine blades of wet grass
    and the dying look in his eye
    as he watches you walk by,
    that he
    is the king
    of his lawn.’

    I love the contrast. I love this poem.

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