beknowst to audiences near and far and wide and real
her disappointment in the world on repeat
her disappointment in the world
every sugared onlooker a nuisance
every strewn flower unsatisfactory
oh the suffering!
a martyr announcing her martyrdom
her ambivalent expectations balloon
within the void within herself
not living up
she doesn’t know.
so lacking in self awareness
the queen of looking in all the wrong places
she doesn’t even know
to look for
she has the power to become powerful
but bows out.
of stretching in the wings
the thrill of the stage.
does she even know?
imperfectly executing royal victim
rather than performing the much anticipated
flourish or fail
in that state
of imbalance and fright
the crowd can’t bear to watch
this variety of