Ming the Merciless had nine brothers and three sisters
All named Ming. Mongo’s stern laws of alliteration
Demanded that each of them have a sobriquet
Beginning with the letter M. Flash Gordon
Could never quite tell them apart and would come
Prepared for battle only to find Ming the Musical
Armed only with a celestina and a thumb-piano
Or Ming the Miraculous, who did card tricks.
Dale Arden would complain to Dr. Zarkov
“What is wrong with him? The Mings look nothing alike!
And three of them are women!”