Poems of the Week

The Eye of the Beholden

by Nora Jay

“Miss Papua New Guinea stripped of her crown for TikTok twerking video”
—The Guardian

“Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant winner stripped of her new crown by previous year’s winner onstage …
[S]he claimed the rules disqualified the winning woman for being divorced.”
—Global News

This week, two queens were unendorsed
While global watchers raged, or smirked:
Sri Lanka’s belle was called “divorced”;
Miss Papua New Guinea twerked.

Concerned to make the wording fit,
The judges did their best, no doubt:
They told Madame Sri Lanka: “Split!”
They told Miss PNG: “Butt Out!”