King of the Rats

 

he talked them into following

paid the piper for his tools

played the tune they wished to hear

and listened to the sound of little rat feet

pattering along behind him

 

what a pity that the tools were second rate

and the tune, a borrowed one, a fake

so sad, that the piper, having been paid

sewed seeds of doubt amongst the rats

though they still followed, with false pride

 

he talked them into following

but gave no thought to how he’d feed them

when he stopped piping and they gathered in expectation

he only listened to a private tune

the one where he was king of all the rats

 

 

Copyright May 2017

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