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The Kingdom of Lox...............#1

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Member Empyrean
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0 posted 12-22-1999 12:02 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

(pardon the repost. I don't normally care for much of what I write but this one I do......)

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 12-22-1999 12:14 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well, now I'm crying again. I have no words right now other than I think this is my favorite. *sigh*

And goodnight.


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2 posted 12-22-1999 12:16 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Truly profound, Michael.

I love it.

Kind of like - can I print it love it?

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3 posted 12-22-1999 12:25 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

A wonderful tale you've weaved Sir Balladeer.  So much to read between the lines, here. Great work.

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4 posted 12-22-1999 12:37 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Beautiful Balladeer. The special memories we have when Christmas arrives huh ?
Merry Christmas.

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5 posted 12-22-1999 05:17 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A beautiful tribute to your father. Thanks for reposting it.
This is a very precious poem
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6 posted 12-22-1999 07:06 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I know I could never had done this well, as if anyone I know could, but I could have "thought" this exact thing....this brings back memories....very nice Balladeer..
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7 posted 12-22-1999 08:04 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I loved this when I first read it... and love it even more now that I consider the poet a friend. *S* Thanks for reposting it, 'Deer one...
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8 posted 12-22-1999 08:56 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

This is a very loving tribute and brings to face memories of my own precious package that has gone on.  Thank You, Bal.  Merry Christmas.
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9 posted 12-22-1999 09:22 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Precious things in fragile packages we are. Balladeer this was wonderful! What a wonderful way to pay him tribute and rememberance, by meaningful written words. A memory that will last a life time. Hope you have a cheerful Christmas
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10 posted 12-22-1999 09:47 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

this is beautiful...really beautiful....sigh....I can't believe you don't like what *you* write when everything you write gets such high applause from us here.....again.....this is beautiful.....hugs
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11 posted 12-22-1999 09:55 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

A wonderful analogy -- very artfully applied

 How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. -Marcus Aurelius
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12 posted 12-22-1999 11:19 AM       View Profile for Fairy Colours   Email Fairy Colours   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fairy Colours

Sir, this is absolutely Beautiful.

 --A Little Fairy--
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13 posted 12-22-1999 12:01 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Yes, so beautiful 'Deer.....Glad you brought this back.....!!

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

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14 posted 12-22-1999 03:21 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer - now there you go again, making all these people swoon over your depth and sensitivity.  To make matters worse, you post a picture of yourself that was taken, what?, 10 or 15 years ago?  Man!  You gotta give the rest of us some room...  lol - great poem, 'Deer.
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15 posted 12-22-1999 03:37 PM       View Profile for starboards   Email starboards   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for starboards

Balladeer...i liked this one...i found myself crying as well...touching, very touching!


"I wont look back, I wont regret, though it hurts like hell someday I will forget"
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16 posted 12-22-1999 03:38 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

This is so touching, Mike.  I'm glad you reposted it because I neglected to reply the first see, there are times when you leave me at a loss for words. Profound.
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17 posted 12-22-1999 05:24 PM       View Profile for Marta   Email Marta   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marta

I particularly loved the ending, very moving. Thank you for posting.
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