Why do I keep the best till last
when eating cake;
quite unlike wine.
My mindful taste buds
find their pace, start marks
from first eye-captured plate,
declared by sharp seep under tongue,
gland leak swamping salivary, amylase-ready,
first attack.

But then with
fingers, silver fork, or even, patience,
Latin grace,
I have to pick the landing site,
where to dig archaeology.

A cherry bakewell,
red top last,
or jam glued to the underside,
roof icing goo-spread over top?

My favour is
to face the bland,
sandwich crusts or boring crumbs
of comfort, prelude true tidbits.

As strategy slowly evolves, brings
nearer mountain summit loom,
my nightmare,
banquet guest of Queen,
We finishing,
my dish removed.

  • In British royal custom, known as ‘The Royal We’, the Monarch always refers to themselves formally as ‘We’ rather than ‘I’. When the Monarch has finished eating their dish, all guest plates are removed.

Published by Young Ravens Literary Review, 9th July 2020

Published by The Metaworker, 7th January 2022

Published by Stephen Kingsnorth

My name is Stephen Kingsnorth. I am 69 and retired from ministry in the Methodist Church, living in north Wales. He is a nominee for the The Pushcart Prize this year. To retain appearance on my blog a piece must be accepted by a publisher and/or ‘liked’ by a reader. I have had some 400 pieces accepted by 60+ publishers, for publication online by Nine Muses Poetry, Voices Poetry, Eunoia Review (Singapore), Runcible Spoon, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Poetry Village, Amethyst Review, Softblow Literary Journal (Singapore), From the Edge, Soul-Lit (USA), Sparks of Calliope (USA), Academy of the Heart and Mind (USA), Allegro, Ekphrastic Review (Canada), The Recusant, Militant Thistles (Scotland), Visual Verse, Another North, Literary Yard (India), Poetry Potion (South Africa), Former People Journal (USA), Poetry Space, Clavmag, Twisted Vine Literary Journal (USA), Indolent Books (USA), The Writers' Café, A New Ulster Literary Journal, Love-Wrexham Magazine, Lighten Up Online, Young Ravens Literary Review (USA), Here Comes Everyone Magazine, Compass Photography, Parkinson's Art, The Parliament Literary Journal (USA), Writing Sparks (Australia), Passager Books (USA), Foxglove Journal, Featured Poets (USA), The Quiver (USA), Unique Poetry (USA), Ariel Chart International Literary Journal (Australia), Grand Little Things (USA), Crȇpe & Penn Quarterly (USA); Spillwords (USA), Poetrywivenhoe, The Poet Magazine, Setu Bilingual Journal (USA & India), Hencroft Hub, Mad Swirl (USA), Medusa's Kitchen (USA), Stone Literary Journal (USA), Zero Readers (USA), Groupie Mag (USA), New Note Poetry Magazine; and print poetry magazines Gold Dust, The Seventh Quarry, The Dawntreader, Foxtrot Uniform, New Contrasts (South Africa), Vita Brevis' Anthology 'Pain and Renewal', Fly on the Wall Press 'Identity', Word Poppy Press, 'Sequoia Speaks' (USA), The Gentian Journal, The Garfield Lake Review, Milk & Cake Press: 'Dead of Winter II', Sweetycat Press, 'Around the World: Landscapes & Cityscapes Anthology', 'Love Anthology', 'Stories & Poem in the Song of Life Anthology' (USA), The Poet Magazine's 'Friends and Friendship', 'Adversity', The Parliament Literary Journal's 'Truth Serum', 'Cravings & Compulsions', 'A Toast for the Scumbags', 'Masks & Manes'.

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