by Leslie King
MISSILE
HONORABLE
MENTION
Gemini Magazine
2011
POETRY
OPEN
I’m slender, I’m sleek

With pointed beak

Poised, ready

Silent, steady

Leaning like a tower

Waiting to unleash

My destructive power

At the touch of a button

All reason is forgotten

As I head for my target

In some city, some state

With the venom and hate

Of a crackpot dictator

A liar

Who made me rain fire

On my neighbor

A dispute that

Could have been settled

By diplomatic behavior
Leslie King lives in the town of
Hayes in West London, England.