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    THE LION IN WINTER

    He who'd grasp power's reins
    must find the call to service
    an incessant refrain
    echoing invocation
    and
    like Samuel
    roused to reply
    in supplication.

    And best not ride the
    whims of fancy,
    lest you be hobbled to mamed,
    for she is a bucking horse
    not to be tamed
    and he who sets upon that course
    is destined to tumble headlong forth.

    For it is easier to rally minions
    to herald the cause
    than labourers to see it fulfilled.
    Since chronicles
    of history tell,
    of contrarians,
    and near-do-wells.
    And triumph
    be it a brief romance,
    when fantasies meet circumstance.
    And altruism to pragmatism relents,
    and adoration turns resent.

    Then
    Them that love, will love you less.
    And them that hate, will hate you more.
    And time, while brief, will languish
    through crisis, tragedies and anguish.

    The novelty wears
    like an oft-told joke
    reality is drudgery's yoke.
    And yet
    soldier on
    like David in Saul's camp
    beloved
    at the point of spears.
    Though anxious
    to the brink of tears.

    And all the while possessed
    of an unshakeable devotion:
    To face wrong,
    intent to make it right.
    To mind them that weep,
    with the balm of care.
    To find the nation
    better still
    for once you had
    dwelled here.

    NOTE:

    There are some titles that just resonate with you, and The Lion in Winter-the title of that great film starring Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and, a young, Anthony Hopkins-is one of them.

    I have often thought of Winston Churchill, in such terms, and thus the subject, and title, of this poem.

  • #2
    the title fits the poem perfectly=a magnificent read

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    • DWAYNE
      DWAYNE commented
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      Thank you.

  • #3
    This is quite a poem and I especially liked:


    The novelty wears
    like an oft-told joke
    reality is drudgery's yoke.
    And yet
    soldier on
    like David in Saul's camp
    beloved
    at the point of spears.
    Though anxious
    to the brink of tears.

    I remember reading this and how difficult it was for David not to take revenge on Saul who had gone against God and lost his favor but had not yet lost his throne or life.
    Last edited by AlexandratheLate; 02-12-2018, 06:00 PM.

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    • #4
      Leadership, selfless leadership, requires the management of ones ego in deference to the nation's best interest.

      A quality that is SORELY lacking in America, these days!

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