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Royal Icing, a Christmas Ditty

by James Walton (follow)
It was the silverfish
in the end
that finished
the highwayman’s treasure

a malfeased piece
of Victoria’s wedding cake
a sliver of majesty
kept wrapped

in muslin cloth
scissored from a pillow’s hood
transported to Hobart in ‘49
absconding the famine of Dublin nights

and four months
at captive sea
handed down with the story
a simmering rebellion

taken out of the mouths
of noble gantries
along with seven shillings
and a pound of meat

secrets passed its way
until compounded and forgotten
to finally feed the worthy
in a Richmond pantry.

Plunkett and Maclaine Robbing the Earl of Eglington courtesy collection of Gillian Spraggs 2007
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