Royal Visitation

Her Majesty is startled
awake in the night
by the handsBruce-Boston_royal-visitation
of a dead lover

exploring her body,
touching her
in ways she had
never known,

the very one
she had assassinated
for his flagrant
and gross infidelities,

the only one
she had ever loved,
as much as she
could love anyone,

his skilled hands
in the night
take possession
of her own.


— Bruce Boston



Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks. His writing has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, a Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the SFPA. His latest collection, Resonance Dark and Light, is available from most online booksellers.

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  • Introduction to Issue 29 Poetry | Silver Blade Magazine


    […] to the poems. Sara Backer (Hollis, NH), After the Circus Leaves Bruce Boston (Ocala, FL), Royal Visitation John Grey (Johnston, RI), The Exorcist John Grey (Johnston, RI), During the Depression John […]

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