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The Once King without a Future

(23 November 1963)

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We were told he was a king

Who lived in Camelot

I didn’t know

I was a child and

At home

We didn’t talk about the king

I have a memory from school

Then at home

In following days

In front of the TV

My mother ironing, behind

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A king

A coup d’état

The vice-king became king

The jesters all moved over

And up one

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Mostly, he was killed

His wife picked up a piece of him

For the doctors

The killer then was killed

And that killer died

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And we all moved over in the nation

Though we did not move up

There was no domino

There was a funeral

That everyone attended

For me

And children like me,

It was in black and white

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C L Couch

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Photo by NASA on Unsplash

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