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The Kingdom of Lox

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Balladeer
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KINGDOM OF LOX

When I was just a young boy sitting on my father's knee,
I marveled at all the stories and fables he nightly told to me
And one fable, in particular, stayed in my memory -
About the small kingdom of Lox.

Lox was ruled by a kind and gentle king
Who gave his subjects everything
But he had one quirk, one tiny thing
Which made a paradox.

He would send gifts to his subjects - precious gold and diamond rings,
Porcelain vases, painting masterpieces, pottery and things
But each precious gift he wrapped up, tied it with a piece of string
And used a flimsy box.

The recipients were proud that he had sent them such a token
(Though, normally, when they unwrapped it, they would find it broken),
But they considered him eccentric - not an unkind word was spoken.
Such was life in the kingdom of Lox.

Late last week my father left me - calmly up and passed away,
A spirit so unbending lost to sickness and decay.
The ticking of a heart with strength to take one's breath away
Stopped .... like a rusted, battered clock.

And me, I spend time contemplating life and death and things
And who will win the pennant - will the grass return in spring?
How beautiful the moon looks when I hear Frank Sinatra sing -
And about the small kingdom of Lox.

Now, when nighttime falls and crickets sing
I wonder and ponder on why MY king
Placed such a very precious thing
In such a fragile box.

© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 06-07-99 11:58 AM       View Profile for fjones   Email fjones   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fjones

I understand the feelings you had when writting this poem!
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2 posted 06-21-99 09:33 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I was rereading some of your poetry and decided to bring this to the front of the line....here you go - - - - -
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3 posted 07-07-99 12:50 AM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

This is a wonderful work of art, with
such a powerful message. Really love this
poem.....Thanks for sharing, truly inspirational.
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....and thank you, thursdayschild. It's one of my favorites.
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5 posted 07-07-99 02:48 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

A+++.l Bravo!
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A reminder of how lucky I am to still have my father about after two double by-passes. My sincere thanks.
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7 posted 08-15-99 04:35 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

My deer, this is one of my favorites of your works - and I never commented on it.... That's two today.... .. ...
So, here's another for these fine folks to savor.... ..


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Nay, if our wits run the Wild-Goose chase, I am done:
For thou hast more of the Wild-Goose in one of thy wits,
Than I am sure I have in my whole five.
~ 1592 Wm. Shakespeare ~ Romeo & Juliet ~ ii. iv. 75


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8 posted 08-15-99 07:41 PM       View Profile for Pretender   Email Pretender   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Pretender

It has such great meaning and it truly has heart. You paint a good picture with those words.
Fred Hobbs
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Balladeer,

I missed this the first time, I'm not here much. Poems like this one are the reason all here look up to you. Another great work.

sandman
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10 posted 08-15-99 09:27 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

I thought I commented on this one. It's one of my favourits. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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11 posted 08-15-99 09:42 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Rarely does a poem touch me as this one has. The "flimsy box" reference was brilliant. I should like to say it was cleverly written, but I don't believe that does the poem nor its author justice ... so instead I shall just say "wow".
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Balladeer, Well I guess I missed this one for a long time,I guess better late then never holds the key here. I have to say this is another one of your masterpieces.
Sue
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13 posted 08-16-99 08:28 AM       View Profile for Sue   Email Sue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sue

A wonderful thought, exquisitely written. Balladeer, you brought tears to my eyes, please don't ever stop!
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Balladeer, this is such a fascinating piece! It must have been posted before I found this place, otherwise, I would have commented on it sooner! I have loved your work since I first came across it, Balladeer! I'm glad this was brought up to the front!

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


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15 posted 08-16-99 02:26 PM       View Profile for Terri   Email Terri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Terri

Oh Bal...how beautiful
Life is all the more precious because we are so fragile
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That was great my friend.....I could write a zillion poems of what my father told to me...but none as well as you....
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'Deer.... incredibly beautiful!
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18 posted 06-10-2007 11:04 PM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

I love this.

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enjoyed

ARCTIC WIND
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Precious. latearrival
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21 posted 05-24-2009 10:37 PM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Klassy Lassy

So alluring
I found the Kingdom of Lox
I, too, found treasure
in the King's box
brighter than diamonds,
softer than pearls,
roses dew-kissed
where petals unfurl,
night skies filled
with flotillas of fire
laughter and music~~
soft auras inspire
myriad patterns,
kaleidoscope art,
legacies of life,
no stop and no start,
~ a journey of wings
no box could contain,
the empirical rise of
a heart in refrain,
bright glories of eons,
such patterns to thrill
broke all the boxes
so heaven could spill
the magic of legends,
voice velvet, whereof,
I'm captive audience
to a Balladeer's love.

~K Lassy 5/24/09

A soft touch of memories, Michael.
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You stole my breath.  May I have it back?

A
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You poem is an inspiration to me as I never knew my father. When he died I had to attend his funeral. I can remember thinking how happy I was that I would never have to have anything to do with him. I was always resentful of male attority and had little respect for men. You poem has given me an insite into what could have been. Thanks
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Thank you, GBride,for such a touching response. I appreciate it....and welcome to Passions!
 
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