Potentate

Written by: Matthew Anish

On a throne 
                 in the depths 
             of 
             the 
             forest 
     sits a king 
              He rules over the forest beings
        men, women, animals, and plants
        He sits gazing upon his kingdom
        and supplicants come before his 
        and he dispenses his wisdom 
to eager ears 
  His queen has passed from 
this mortal coil
   but his raven - haired daughter 
and two doughty sons 
    aid him in his rule
He is known far and wide 
    as a benevolent monarch 
 On in years now 
 he still has a regal bearing 
His eyes are like clear pools
      which see far and away 
into the woods 
   and into the souls of his subjects