Everybody loves a bad mirror.
It shows them the things they are not.

It shows beauty in the beast.
The crude, so suave.

It shows the unfaithful in duty,
while the soldiers all laugh.

It makes the vile just;
and the just are abhorred.

It makes the good a demon.
And a demon- an angel forevermore.

Every spy is a faithful servant;
and the melancholy all smile.

While the King, how he cries, believing all these lies.

© achillesheelpoetry, 2021