The Once And Future King

     Inspiration struck me again this morning and this was the result. Now, whether YOU, the reader finds this inspirational or not is entirely a matter of opinion, preference or taste. But, I do hope that for whatever reason you will at least read it and understand where I am coming from with it, “The Times They Are A’Changin”*

    Have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend, here in the US. and a safe and happy first weekend of September everywhere else.


Crusade To Failure

Crusade To Failure

The Once And Future King

He sat in the chair at the head of the table

just like his father before

but it wasn’t the same

and though he shared the man’s name

he felt an imposter and poor.

For the chair was more than a furniture piece

back then, it appeared more as a throne

and when the king was at court

there was laughter and sport

and his castle was surely this home.

But those days have long passed from then until


and the king too, has now gone from this place.

His realm lies in shambles

overgrown now by brambles

and the son now weeps in disgrace.

For the government came and they took it away

and then parceled it off to the poor,

yes, they came and they stole

part, parcel and whole

until his great realm was no more.

Alas, the great kingdoms built of work and of toil

are now eroding from hill and from dale

and lest you think this be fable

come sit at his table

and join the crusade then to fail.


Jack Downing

Sept. 2016

*”The Times They Are A’Changin’ ”  Written by Bob Dylan

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5 Responses to The Once And Future King

  1. Denise Downing says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Eileen says:

    Applicable on so many levels………… first thought was family which has been eroded by the many calling voices of the modern world. And for better or worse, I doubt many kingdoms-, familial or political- will survive the internet. Rome was overrun by barbarians from without. America, when deciding to finally assimilate those it had enslaved, somehow decided to lower its standards to the previously limited ones of the disenfranchised, instead of raising theirs. I guess it was cheaper in the short run.

    • Like so much of what I write, especially the spur of the moment material, I start with a basic idea and see where it goes. Like you suggested, it all started with a familial theme and took on a course of its own..

  3. Just like the trade pacts that we have with China and other non-regulated countries! And thus, we will eventually collapse under the weight of the cheap “junk” that we import and the financial destitution that we burden ourselves with by having limited, if any, exporting rights with said countries..

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