If We Only Had a King

If we only had a King
We could have a Queen
We could have Princes and Princesses
and Knights and a round table
and Knaves and Pages and Jesters and Fools (God forbid we have enough of those now!),
a King who would ride horses and play Polo

If we only had a King
(a good King, that is)
He would project an image of Power
and confidence that would reflect on his subjects
He would abhor sloth and gluttony
Favoring those that benefited the Empire
and serving repudiation to those that conspired.

If we only had a King,
We might have plotting and conniving
Those that would want to create obtrusion
But our King would have an Army and his own fierce guards
Dressed in bright colours; trained in deadly arts.
He would travel secure and live above the populace, not as
a God but merely as a man destined to be the ruler of men.

If we only had a King
We would have occasions to celebrate
His birthday, His conquests, His successes.
He would attend the festivities
Rejoice and engage all in his joviality
And we would laugh along knowing our
King was pleased and content with the world.

If we only had a King
We would have a sole representative
Who could see without blinders, who would
not want, and therefore could judge and administer
without tainted inducements.
Those beyond our borders would admire and fear his
capabilities and we would feel secure and safe in his circle.
He would provide the glue to hold the populace
As one entity obedient to their sovereign.

If we only had a King,
He would have allegiance from all the
Robin Hoods. He would aspire to their missions
and they would be leaders in his shadow.
He would believe by power in numbers and treat
his subjects as treasures that one by one make the Kingdom strong.
He would acknowledge the minorities but his wisdom is with
the power within the masses.

If we only had a King
We could have a Queen
We could have Princes and Princesses
and Knights with a round table
and Knaves and Pages and Jesters and Fools,
a King who would ride horses and play Polo.

(Postscript: These words were crafted in response to a letter written many years ago titled “Dear Charles…”, which remains unpublished.)

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About Robert M Palmer

Word Crafting, Visual Memories, Audible Bites, Ringleader & Emptor.
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