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The Princess of War, The Queen of Nowhere

Our grandson, aged two,
announced that my wife,
who is Mayor of our village,
is "The Princess of War,
The Queen of Nowhere."

No one knows where he got it.

His sister, six,
professes ignorance.
She swears she didn't put him up to it,
and we believe her.

Once he stormed into a room
and declaimed,
"I am Tragedy."

My wife and I
are amused and mystified,
but there's a darker side to this.

As Mayor
of a very small village,
there is no way around
a disturbing fact:

She is
The Princess of War,

The Queen
of Nowhere.

Bruce Bennett

Tar River Poetry

Fall 2016

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