The Two Kings Who Each Traveled A Great Distance To Settle A Very Silly Disagreement

by Duncan Jones

From very far away had come

Two kings who ruled the land

For word had traveled even farther

Through jungles, over sand

Not one would suffer insult

So they marched toward a test

One coming from the distant east

One coming from the west

Until one morning found the two

Had stopped and stared with pride

The only thing left in between …

The river deep and wide

“I hear you’ve claimed a thing of mine.”

“I’ve heard the same of you.”

And then in perfect harmony …

“So what about it shall we do?”

Then charging down the banks they leapt

And would have surely fought

But when the calm dark water moved

Each had a second thought

Sliding, clawing to halt they saw

A giant black and green

And though he floated smiling

His look was only mean

“What seems to be the trouble?”

As he slowly swung his tail

From neither king came anything

They just stood there looking pale

“If I may … I have a notion

Because to me it does appear

You’ve come to find out who’s in charge …

But I think the answer’s clear.”

And then the giant slowly sank

Once more the water still

While on the muddy banks the kings

Were scrambling uphill

And as the sated lions ran

Back to their kingdoms brave and wild

Underneath the calm dark water

The crocodile unmoving smiled