River King

Crownless, the River King

Got blood in his beard, he's

Anxious for spring- and she's coming

over the hills, Susanna.

Song lost to a hardened soul

Ivory tusks and boots made for snow

Soles clapped with scalps and hides

Of autumn fields of gold

but the river freezes over, encircles his neck

hallowed river seizes over, and cuts off his breath-

won't you skate on the ice around his head?

reckless, the River King

the mark of a beast, uncertain

as a sneeze: returned

from the war a pariah

stock still among the leeds, got

mud in his teeth, unswaying in the breeze-

regrets for a bride-to-be, Susanna

but the river freezes over, encircles his neck

hallowed river seizes over, and cuts off his breath-

won't you skate on the ice around his head?

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