It took three swallows for her to get him down
feet first, then head, then crown
a feat for someone as dainty as she
to enjoy the company of one like he
its not every day in a dragon’s lair
to have access to such royal flavor.
The scientists asked him to visualize a shape
something oblong like a large grape
he struggled to make it appear
because unknown to others it was his greatest fear
to be smothered by something so round
especially that which grew out of the ground.
She appeared to be lost, even the compass was confused
of course it was hard to tell if a magnetic field was used
on a worldlet orbiting so far from the sun
all she could do was wipe her nose, turn around and run
in a direction that wasn’t currently occupied
by a sneeze-induced, massive rockslide.
The conquistador searched for the city of gold
he searched so far and so long that he grew old
and the leaves of jungle trees replaced his eyes
he made a vow to never stop until he got his prize
and so he traveled deep into the hidden lands
dragging his corpse-like body with his ruined hands.
The island was alone in the deep blue Pacific
set up on stone tablets were messages hieroglyphic
carved there a thousand lifetimes ago
by people who worshipped in the afterglow
of two ancient demi-gods who had sex on the beach
and left the inhabitants quite short of speech.