STIPENDEN JONES

IN DARK PLACES AND HIGH PLACES
IN PLACES SO FAR REMOVED FROM OTHER
PLACES THAT FEW HAVE EVEN IMAGINED THEM,
ACROSS OCEANS OF SAND AND WATER
STIPENDEN JONES BESTRODE AND BEGAT
LIKE THE FATHER OF THE RACES OF MEN OUGHT TO

THE LAST OF HIS KIND STIPENDEN JONES
LIVED ON THE FRINGES OF EVERY CIVILISATION
LIVING ON WITS FINELY HONED WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME
A GREAT DEAL MORE TIME THAN
ANY OF US COULD CREDIBLY WARRANT

STIPENDEN JONES BESTRODE THIS LAND
AND MANY DISTANT REALMS BEYOND
THE EXTENT OF HIS RANGE WAS SO VAST
THAT ONE SKY COULD NOT SHELTER
THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO’VE HEARD HIS NAME
OR IN SOME FORM KNOW OF HIS FAME

THE MOTHERS OF HIS BROOD, THE MRS STIPENDEN JONES
OF THIS WORLD, WERE ALL IMPREGNATED
WITH SUITABLE ARDOUR HAVING BEEN PURSUED WITH A PASSION
TO GIVE FRUIT TO HIS SEED AND, EVEN
IF ONLY BRIEFLY, RESPITE TO HIS NEED.

STIPENDEN JONES BEGAT A GREAT MANY SONS,
SOME RICH AND POWERFUL, SOME POOR AND CRIMINAL,
SOME RICH, POWERFUL AND CRIMINAL, AND A
VERY GREAT NUMBER OF JUST PLAIN EVIL ONES
LIKE THE FATHER OF THE RACES OF MEN OUGHT TO.

OF HIS DAUGHTERS, HOWEVER, NOT A WORD
HAS BEEN WRITTEN, THOUGH A GREAT MANY, FOR SURE,
HE BEGAT (WE ARE, AFTER ALL, LIVING PROOF OF THAT FACT)
BUT OF THEIR DEEDS NOT A MENTION, THEIR WAYS
AND THEIR WILES HAVE BEEN WIPED FROM THE SLATE
AND THE BEST OF STIPENDEN JONES’ BESTRIDING AND BEGETTING FORGOTTEN.

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