Joshua St. Claire
If I pricked myself upon a spindle,
Mother said that our kingdom would be cursed
With dreamless sleep. All our lands would dwindle,
If I pricked myself upon a spindle.
No princeling prick could slake my nightish thirst,
So I pricked myself upon a spindle.
Best be damned! Now I rule a kingdom—cursed.
Joshua St. Claire is an accountant who works as a financial controller in Pennsylvania, USA. He enjoys writing poetry on coffee breaks and after putting the kids to bed. His work is published or forthcoming in Delmarva Review, Inflectionist Review, Blue Unicorn, ubu., and bones, among others, and has received nominations for the Pushcart.