by Kristin Garth
near guillotines, acclaimed headsmen of means.
Duplicitous gleams eyeing you, their thighs
secretly tattooed, surnames, killers, kings,
state-sanctioned blowjobs, beheadings so why
not princess—even you? One bed, one head,
misstep, or two, detected, collected, stored
fine wine uncorked, with lords, midnight, rust, red
aroma, royal deficiencies poured
some stone-floored cellar, behind arched oak doors.
A happy ending may require cunning,
a crown to topple, rolling heads on floors
ideally yours. Best sacrifice is queen.
Appeasement is the strategy you take.
They’re carnivores, and you serve them cake.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart Prize- and Best of the Net-nominated poet from Pensacola and a sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked magazines like Five: 2: One, Yes, Glass, Anti-Heroin Chic, Occulum, Drunk Monkeys, Luna Luna, TERSE. Journal, and many more. She is the author of the chapbooks Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press), Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, January 2019), and Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Press, March 2019), as well as a full-length collection Candy Cigarette (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, April 2019). A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony will also be published by Rhythm & Bones Press in June 2019. Follow her on Twitter @lolaandjolie or visit her at kristingarth.com.