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Wise Old King

October 4, 2017
By MikeyG PLATINUM, Salt Lake City, Utah
MikeyG PLATINUM, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Hark the wise one Thomas said
Our old king much In life has fed
I cast my eyes out to the hutch
Of crippled frame and gentle touch
There he bides in restful drone
Upon his dusty, hobbled throne
I fall to knee in humble stance
In wait with quaint, capricious trance
A spacious grinding breath he draws
He lifts his lids, eyes thick with fog
With regal stare he grips my gaze
His knotted palms anoint my face
"I see you come" a rasping bark
"To watch as mine old eyes grow dark"
a strict curt nod, my heart grows stern
For my wise king no feelings churn
"I see young one in you not faith"
The sage utters with solemn face
"It grieves in me such pain my boy
To see you know in me no joy
Alas my boy expel distain
Make soft dross thoughts and taste my pain
For I, the heir, of this cold throne
Throne not by choice but fate alone
Not work nor time nor sacrifice
Delved I for this sacred device
Yet note the meek one's strife in life
They yearn so deep for wealth’s respite
To be a statue in this chair
To sit unquestioned, rich and fair
But joy is this? Can one take rest
Before our soul garners a test?
If now you reach within my soul
To feel a heart both worn and old
Beneath my grand and guided chest
You find not gold, but heart of flesh
Peace marks not the end of strain
For clouds in summer still weep rain
And when I weep I weep for you
For all the pain you never knew
Oh son I dream you nobly serve
With grace and strength and humble nerve
Be as the serfs with modest mind
Give them your heart, lend them your time                                                                        For many men beneath our sky                                                                                         As king would serve better than I
I love you son" voice, somber, breaks
"A father weak I sit today
I wish you live more joyous years
And heed, Henry, to all my tears"
With that he died, a silent sigh
Spirit to God, to precious skies
a tear sets free upon my face
It frees ripe anger, quells distaste                                                                                                               And now I stand on shaking feet                                                                                                             
The wise king’s words in thought repeat                                                                                                   In life we struggle to achieve                                                                                                                We mistake riches for relief                                                                                                                        Upon the throne my father served                                                                                                              For many years sad and disturbed                                                                                                              Mistakes he made but truth he sought                                                                                                         And I will heed his final thought                                                   A final glance upon my lord
My father strong, my father torn
Now look I on, and where I stand
The sun shines bright upon my land
The Peasants sow their golden grain
And distant clouds weep soft their rain

The author's comments:

This balled speaks of my pain in life. I have always been wealthy; my father is a lawyer and we've never had to worry about money. However, as much as my classmates always looked at me with jealousy, I developed an acute treatment resistant depression that left me without the will to go on for a few painful years. When I was depressed and suicidal I was at the same level as everybody else and riches were not anti-depressants at all. I learned as I got better and happier that being rich and comfortable is not what makes people happy. Happy people take the good and accept the bad; living a full and meaningful life of service and kindness. The king in this poem realizes this right before death and passes it on to his son with hope that he will serve better than him. And now I am passing on this information to you, the readers. Strive to better yourselves, not to become comfortable.

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