Small Business.

and in every neighborhood are tiny despots
small lords
burger kings and dairy queens,
in every town, in every city,
in some homes
and they rule, in their own ways,
benevolent or
spittle streaming with their screams,
and they want it – their way
and they want it – Now!
or else,
or else,
they’ll yell louder,
and what is the purpose of these pathetic fiefs
but to give meaning to their meager kings?
And what use is a king who does not also do
brickwork, and plumbing, and can count the till and
herd the sheep, can wire the lights and
mop the bathroom, what use is a
kingdom that must be maintained through force,
what need is there for a king?

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