The King Is Dead
It was only a Guinea pig, people eat them.
Peruvian mountain folk do not have to starve,
there’s no dearth.
Many are bred for their special coats of course:
the Slinky, the Peruvian, the Abyssinian,
the American; the American
is good with other guinea pigs -
good to know.
Our one must have been a mutt,
we called it Elvis,
it looked like Elvis in his fat period.
It died quietly in the night.
When my son got back from school
I helped him bury it in the garden.
I had a little burlap bag to put him in,
it used to hold peanuts
Elvis would have liked that.
Copyright © Eric Ashford | Year Posted 2022
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