Kaiser: An Ode
Look up, look on, look one and all,
Come and see, ladies and gents,
The Kaiser is a-coming this way
Now pay your deepest respects!
All look on in wonder, in awe
As he quietly glides by
He ignores the praise and looks straight ahead
Nothing reflects in his stone eyes.
Silver serpents at his right and left flanks
A-hissing, a-crawling, a-spitting
Brilliant blue flames that lick the skies
And all who challenge unwitting.
The duke, his brother, a timid young man,
Trails inside his shadow behind
Aspiring to be like his grand old brother
One day, he hopes to find.
The parade vanishes in a heartbeat,
All arise from their bows
Girls desire him,
Boys want to be him,
They're all making their vows.
But there's so much more than meets the eye,
So much of him, I wish to know,
Not tickled by pleasure, nor tortured by pain,
If he had any, no emotion can show.
Thus I look on, lost in my thoughts:
I could be so much wiser
If I could only solve those mysteries locked
In the Sage, the Sphinx, the Kaiser…