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Monthly Writing Contest

February 2006 Winner: Donna Holland, Enjoy Your Flight
Honorable Mention: Janet DeMarco, King of the Road
Honorable Mention: Dorrie Lloyd, The Bag Man
View the 2006 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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February 2006 Honorable Mention
King of the Road
by Janet DeMarco

    This day I search with keen eye
my treasures on display,
to choose my Queen.
    A peasant comes forth. She stares,
then rushes past with downcast eyes.
No. The wench doesn't qualify
    A duchess scolds a young boy,
"You'll want to be like…" She points at me.
No. Her unqueenly voice—Unacceptable.    
    Giggling maidens appear, feigning no notice,
yet hoping to be my Queen.
No. Too flighty.
    "Greetings, m'lady. Your King calls."
    "A King today? Then, I'm a damn Princess."
    "My chosen one. Come to my royal table."
    "It's a lousy bus-stop bench, you crazy loon."
    "What did you say?"
    "Nothin' I scrounged this at Burger King - nearly whole."
"Food of the kings! And here's my feast. Golden rings of onion.
I ransacked the darkest region of Duke Denny's castle.
Behold! My royal guard approaches. Come to my castle."
    "I'm no queen and that ain't no royal guard."
    The guard marches forth, saluting me with a mighty wave.
I, King of the Road, must continue my search—elsewhere.


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