What We Talk About When we Talk About King Louis

When you say you’re speaking about King Louis
and then mention the land of France,
you may in your mind
believe that you’ve clarified
just a little
which Louis you may be referring to
but there were sixteen the first time around
and at least three afterwards.

Odds are
you’re talking about fourteen
because all told
he was Louis for more time
than anyone else got to be Louis.
In terms of years
he was King Louis fifteen percent of all the French kings of that name
which, considering he was only one of almost twenty,
is fairly substantial.

But you didn’t specify,
which really cuts into the pretentious figure
you no doubt wanted to cut
when you referenced King Louis in the first place.
So, you wanna recoup a little cred
and offer a bit of clarity?
You mean the Sun King, Catorze
or the executed, Sixteen?
Maybe the Universal Spider, back in the Fifteenth Century?
Or the Fat, in the Twelfth?

Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout here?
Which of the many Louis Louis,
King, man,
do you want?
Oh, you gotta go now?

About Jonathan Berger

I used to write quite a bit more.
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