On the twelfth day
there were three kings
which in some way
led to five rings
(or for the kooks
led to five toques
Bob and Doug’s brand)

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2020

Epiphany is the day the three wise men or kings arrived at the stable where the baby had been born. It is said to have occurred twelve days after the birth, thus giving us the Twelve Days of Christmas, and is traditionally celebrated on 6 January. When my mother was a child where she grew up it was also the day Christmas gifts were exchanged.

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

Not R&B

The Stone Butch Blues
played Cassidy’s
with such enthused
the place went nuts
as their hot cuts
devoured the hours

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

In response to the 9 September 2019 daily Smitten Book Challenge prompt at the Brave & Reckless blog and based on the title of a well-regarded book where the main character is a lesbian or a woman exploring her sexual identity, “Stone Butch Blues” by Leslie Feinberg.