The Emperor's Old Clothes

Constantine
Fearing
His absolute power threatened

Murdered
His wife and son
Conveniently

With the swipe of an
Outstretched
Finger:

The Christian Emperor

Whose shining example
Struck upon the mind
With the force of a conquering

Visionary
Lorded upon generations of
Wide-eyed children

Unquestioning
Belief in the right of
Divine Earthly

Kings.


(Previously published in The Potomac, Dec 2006)

by Laurence Overmire

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