Harkening back to kings and knights
that spoke alike in Frankfurt and York,
K stalked kilted cross knolls and kirks
from Bannockburn and Limerick
to the slickened docks of Cork.
When knavish Normans whacked and hacked
in their wake the course of talking tacked
and C became the hard consonant of choice.
But through dank blackness K meekly skulked and sulked
lurking in the background he kept his voice
and in those ages dark, K never bulked.
With a flicker of wick and tick tock of the clock
K woke to karats clinking in pocketbooks
rekindled by the knick knacks trinkets and rocks
raked from skeletons killed or shackled in locks
seeking knowledge of drinks to suck, snacks to cook
packed, stacked with cracks and smacks to the naked backs
of darker skin streaked pink with check marked tracks
and knees, kicked to kneel before plank crossed pikes
buckle, or risk their skull stuck on a spike.
awakened by weakened men choked to task
that kiss the knife, choking behind broken masks
crinkled with thinking tucked forsaken in brick.
Awakened by chalk knuckled monks asking to pick:
pick cake or the stake, pick flock or the block
Pick ax, pick cotton and make no mistake.
Awakened by skirmishes likely to break
when lackey met lackey like beserk cocks
K awoke…K blinked…K looked at the clock
K kinked his neck and hiked up his socks
hiked his knickers, took jacket from hook
kicked his knobby knees to walk
cracking his knuckles K partook
taking from the weakened flock
and K, once slack, joined jackels to attack
like a kinetic kleptomaniac.
K took kielbasa from Krakow
sprinkled with sauerkraut from Innsbruck.
Kismit skipped K east to Ankara
to toke on a Turkish hookah
and kick back in a kiosk
snacking on kebobs lacking pork.
K walked the road of silk
with kosher knish still stuck on his fork
and Kathmandu yet to bilk.
Karma led K decked in khaki
to ketchup from Kualalumpor
Peking kumquats, Korean kimshi
kangaroos, koalas, kiwis
Kyoto kimonos and kabuki.
K nicked then docked his Eskimo Kayak
with the Kon tiki in Waikiki
where he plucked the ukelelee
and basked in his pickpocketing knack.