The Emperor’s New Clothes – FF

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Dale Rogerson.

© Dale Rogerson

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Emperor’s New Clothes

the people have voted the message is clear
they tell him it’s time that he goes
the people have voted but one man can’t hear
the king sits in his palace without any clothes

the people have voted their decision is made
they are weary of the lies now exposed
his hubris once more is starkly displayed
the king sits in his palace without any clothes

the people have voted they’ve won a great prize
they applaud now the new man they chose
the scales have fallen from so many eyes
they see at last that the king wears no clothes

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63 Responses to The Emperor’s New Clothes – FF

  1. Tessa says:

    Great expression of today’s events in the USA, my homeland.


  2. Pertinent little summary of current events. Well done.


  3. Very timing piece. Now if the emperor would just leave, we’d all be better off. 🙂


  4. James McEwan says:

    I really like this story and I like how you have made it relevant to today’s USA events.


  5. Amen for the last line becoming reality for those who still refuse to see (or admit) reality.
    Very well done.
    Sharing with some friends who I think might want to rhyme along….


  6. Sooner this particular naked Emperor leaves, the better. Great story!


  7. I like the poem format, and the fusion of an old folk tale and the recent events in the USA.


  8. plaridel says:

    sounds like somebody i know. but maybe, just maybe i’m reading too much into the story. 🙂

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  9. draliman says:

    I reckon he won’t be quite that easy to get rid of…


  10. …off he went with a trumpety trump, trump trump trump – or not!


  11. Danny James says:

    Hoping he goes peacefully and his subjects with him.


  12. oldentimes says:

    Puppets and the puppet masters – politics and poison. Perehaps the Medicis were right. Well said


  13. trentpmcd says:

    Still far too many haven’t realized it, or at least pretend that he looks splendid…


  14. Dora says:

    Interesting view you have there from across the pond, C.E., no doubt informed by the BBC. Over here, their sister is CNN, actually most of the mainstream media. Masterful poetry!


  15. Mike says:

    So many who rise to high eminence should be sent back to the kitchen, nicely understated piece


  16. In the first place, the honorific Emperor was a mosnomer. Mlore like tyrnant or high robber. Glad he’s been forced to skip town. As for his clothes______wish someone would set afire to this bonfore of vanities. Brilliant story, Kelly


  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Fun poem, CE and very topical. You do wonder what’s going to happen, though, don’t you?


  18. granonine says:

    I admire your poetry, CE.


  19. ahtdoucette says:

    Yeah this one unfortunately feels a little too close to reality except without the people realizing it part. Because as someone observed above a lot of people still think he’s totally dressed.


  20. liz young says:

    Excellent piece of commentary. Who will be the little boy in his camp that dares to point out the fact?


  21. Dear CE,

    Interesting perspective. Well written.




  22. Anita says:

    Great poem. So apt!
    Strangely, even I have dealt on this issue in my story with a moral! 🙂
    Great minds think alike 🙂
    Do read mine!


  23. Iain Kelly says:

    I wish more of them would see him for what he really is, but it’s a start, and a little bit of hope goes a long way.


  24. Great poem. Very apt and very true. (So thrilled at the result!!)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  25. Tannille says:

    You out did yourself with this one C! Perfect.


  26. neilmacdon says:

    Brilliantly done, mate. The trouble is almost half the realm still thinks he’s dressed in heavenly finery


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