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muddy in mind, but not in feet,
a star fell out of her ear.
whacking it with his bamboo flute,
king bum yelled 'four!'
laughing, the queen put a lizard on his shoulder
and hollered 'five!'
and together they knew -
none of it made sense
and that was the delight
as well as the pain -
and with her clean feet
and his lizard shoulder
queen mud
and king bum
bowed to the sky
and danced
and laughed
and took the cherries off the root beer floats
and flung them at the moon.

—Terri St. Cloud

Quote © Terri St. Cloud, 2014, Image © Bone Sigh Arts All rights reserved

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