The Plumber and The Princesses

After Super Mario

Why are you always rescuing the girls

with territories of which you could be

king? Crowns, solitaires, pastel gowns to twirl 

about in their own mushroom towns.  If the 

point is chivalry, why nobility?  Why not 

a chambermaid in common red, green, blue,

like you, your brother, too?  Though it’s thought 

you are the heroes of this ballyhoo,

repeat abduction computer graphic plot,

if it is sought, the answer is not hard 

to construe.  There is something in this chase,

as much for Bowser as for you.  You guard

the fruit and flora humble never taste.

No fault of common girls, their heart or face. 

It’s just another way of life you chase.


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket forthcoming from Roaring Junior Press.  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com

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