Sonnet: Magical Animal Kingdom
by John Kendall Hawkins
In the magical animal kingdom
by the sea, all the witches and warlocks
are casting spells, making people 'mades'. Rocks
seethe with their foam, dissolve; ape-birds sing some,
and the whole world comes to terms and obeys.
Think TV's Dark Shadows but without ads,
endless episodes, dark and ashen cads,
heartless vampires with Old Country ways.
Like Islam sleeper cells they wake and rise,
our union jacks under the southern cross --
mobsters and their kangaroo courts. Their boss
teaches Khoshoggi yoga. See their eyes?
You can wake in a whole new paradigm --
a mafiocracy, life as a crime.
(Article changed on Apr 27, 2021 at 11:50 PM EDT)