Queen, Collected

The Collector by John Fowles (book cover)

The queen is bound
and restless
How heavy is the crown
that bears the head
Her windpipe is a hexagon
The throat contracts
when nervous
Hers is alabaster strong

She is decorated in ribbons
that once tied pigtails
All wrapped up with
nowhere to go
She is a maiden
who lost all her lilies

Pencil thin – – her skirt
gives nothing away – –
arms behind her back
he keeps her netted

She is a fluttering feather
in a cage
He is a rat who fears rage
He isn’t brave enough to be
a king
Not hers, though it is his kingdom-
his domain to dethrone
and de-reign

The queen is a statue,
a guardian of grace
in his garden,
a broken-winged butterfly
caught in a gale,
a menace when she smiles,
a delicate whimper,

forever frozen
forever frail


© Jennifer Patino (2016)

* Note- Inspired by “The Collector” by John Fowles

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