Columbia Pictures Corp.,
Andor Films, 1977

Prince Kassim’s a baboon—how many subjects
long to say as much of their leaders,
keep quiet in favor of one-piece necks?

In this film, it’s true:
a quest at sea to find the Greek
(who once was Dr. Who) &

learn the secret of transforming the Caliph-elect
back into whatever man he was.
If only it worked as well in life as on the screen….

Imagine locking the second Bush in a cage,
passing him through a tower of light &
turning him into his father, or lusty, jazzy Bill—

anything’s better than that monkey dumb.
What if magic fluid from a locket
could’ve slipped Hitler a reversion to the artist

he hoped to be. It would take
a legendary sailor, warrior
skilled enough to save the world.

 

ACE BOGGESS is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.