The Toddler King Part 5

The Toddler King Part 5

5 a.m.
the toddler king
checks his twitter feed
access denied

it’s quiet now
but all last night
all he could hear
was the squeak and rustle
of rats leaving the ship

he stares out into the murky depths
Mitch McConnell swims by
an oxygen tank strapped to his back,
his lugubrious visage
fills the porthole
he removes his oxygen mask
a bubble escapes from his mouth
and floats upwards
his wattles sway like kelp
in the shifting currents
he has the detached look
of a man examining a museum exhibit
another bubble escapes upwards
he turns and kicks for the surface
his sagging buttocks
pale but somehow luminous

Am I dead?
The toddler king wonders
I can’t be dead
I’m absolutely not dead
If I say I’m not dead
I’m not dead.
Hey, what’s Ted Cruz doing out there
I thought this was a Cruz ship!
See, I made a joke
I can’t be dead!

Taking part in Open Link Weekend over at earthweal

17 thoughts on “The Toddler King Part 5

  1. Sherry Marr

    OH! MY! GOD! I SO enjoyed this! I could see it all, especially Mitch’s wattles and luminous buttocks……and the “I cant be dead”…………this poem made me smile and did my heart good.

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  2. kim881

    You’ve made me laugh at 7.00 am, Jim, with this latest instalment of the ‘Toddler King’. I’m so glad he can only hear the squeak and rustle
    of rats leaving his sinking ship. The image of Mitch McConnell is cartoonish and so detailed, I saw it in my mind, especially the lines:
    ‘he removes his oxygen mask
    a bubble escapes from his mouth
    and floats upwards
    his wattles sway like kelp
    in the shifting currents’.
    And the luminous buttocks…!

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  3. earthweal

    If only that joker make light of this … I think Mitch would terrify any real turtles he encounters in the drink. But thanks, we needed the satire to kneecap the king . – Brendan

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  4. Steve Simpson

    Me too, Jim. The description of little T as some sort of alien marine shapeshifter is brilliant and terrifying. I hope he doesn’t roll ashore in the distant future at a king tide on some remote beach.

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