‘Sword and Cross’
King Arthur, thanks to magic (and to Fate)
Gained with Excalibur the right to rule.
In terms of firm foundations for a state
Conferring kingship via sword-from-pool
While neat in stories, isn’t all that great –
And yet: the shine appeals, the gleam, the jewel,
The things that magpie-like we overrate,
Mistaking flash for function, spark for fuel.
The vote still lacks the sword’s symbolic weight:
Democracy may work, but isn’t cool.
Tip o’ the hat to the incomparable Pythons on this one.