June 20, 2022

Poetry Showcase: Rebellion of Good Samaritans, By Matthew Wilson


Editor's Note: Today's Poetry Showcase was originally published in "The Elves and The Shoemaker Issue" from 2017. A cautionary take on the tale to not be greedy when good things come your way...

Poverty has hardened my heart
making prisoners of good Samaritans
the elves found me in great depression
a starving shoemaker of little means.

I fell into bed sick with no will to wake
but when I did my orders were filled
a dozen fresh boots were cobbled
I knew I'd never have to work again.

The note left by the elves demanded whiskey
such little payment for those boots
but winter was knocking on my door
I caught the little helpers one by one.

My shoe making is better than my chains
I would have made those elves my slaves
but now I am prisoner in my own home
tied up with thorned shoes upon my feet.
Matthew Wilson, 34, has been published over 150 times in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Alban Lake, Zimbell House Publishing, Space & Time Magazine and many more. He is currently editing his first novel.

POEM Art by Amanda Bergloff

1 comment:

Ellie A Goss said...

Great spin - oh the error of human ways!