Editor’s Note: For six years running, contributing author Zach Adler has spent the month of April putting out a poem a day. By turns earnest and wry, these poems are based on prompts (and often forms) chosen at random using a deck of cards. The prompts range from “The Grandfather Paradox” to “Emotional Adultery” to “White Person Dreadlocks”. This year we decided to turn all his entertainment-related National Poetry Month entries into a series of our own.
Follow the rest of Zach’s daily poems and plumb the archives on his blog.
King of Hearts – Yellow Kings
The Honorable Rev. Billy Lee Tuttle in His Chambers
He is smiling with teeth
Even with the glad-handing
And the sermon done
The man does not stop smiling
Thinking of the Place of Skulls
Of iron uniting flesh, wood, and bone
He catches the mirror’s reflection
A face made of clay
Eyes still and yellow
Smile painted wide
He moves to take off this mask but
He wears no mask