Monuments to Royalty

Monuments to royalty
May be grander than a mountain—
Who can stand before a stern eye
Carved in stone and not be silent?
And yes, their majesty prevails
Across the countless turning years.

But no one cries in marble tears
And little comfort comes in tales
Of rulers harshly violent.
A living creature who can sigh
Or sing beside a lively fountain
Deserves abounding loyalty.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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