Queen of My Land

I’m a sailor, trading terra firma for freedom, non gratis.
I’m a farmer, swapping sweat for fruit in the eternal dance between the soil, the sky, and the seed.
I’m the worker, working for a paycheck, not joy.

Trade me:
Hand over the keys to your clamorous realms, and I will give you
Quiet spaces
Solitary walks
Time to yourself.

Exchange your cycle
Rotating blues and vibrancy
For consistency
And a royal army, here to defend your honor
I can’t promise total ease, dear: It’s not in our blood
But I can dedicate
Crusades to you
Poems with you
Books to you
And my muse, intact, beside me
Will remain you

I am not a herbivore
I like to eat you
I like to lay naked beside you,
Exposed, vulnerable
But I am no pig: I am a gentle man. I will not devour you, ever.
Nor will I try to conquer you or your lands.

Consider this is an offer, then,
where I barter my labors for your love
My metal armor for your complete safety
where you commit only to us, and not even to me, because I know this is about the kingdom, and not the individual people in it (or is it both?)

I will remain acutely aware that this exchange is currency in soul for you, too:
I want to ask for nothing
That threatens
Or otherwise might cause the moon to be jealous
(I remember your agreement with her)

Here then is your scepter
Your crown, your robe, and your thrown
Here then,
You, my Queen of My Land,
I await to serve. 

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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