As Befitting Majesty

Reclining in a lily slipper, a toad
is halfway to a prince,

already satin-mantled, high
above the hoi-polloi,

observing the stars wheeling
in their courses,

clouds threatening like nations
before passing over.

Small as he is, the toad fills
his space,

accepting its loftiness
as his due.


About the Poet:  Devon Balwit is a poetry editor at Minute Magazine and the proud mamma of five chapbooks. Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, Fifth Wednesday, The Stillwater Review, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, Emrys Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, and more.


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