Sunday, October 09, 2011

Little Kings






We strut across our fleeting page
As if we'll last from age to age.
We think we're royalty, divine,
And everywhere we look, say, "Mine!"
And I'm a king, and you're a king,

And may our praises ever ring...

And yet we're really growing old
As fast as coffee's growing cold.







As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD
    is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children's children,
    to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
                          --Psalm 103:15-18 ESV


My thanks to Magpie Tales for the image. For other people's thoughts on the same picture, follow the link.
This original poem is public domain.

27 comments:

Kristen Haskell said...

A whole lot of taking and not enough giving.

Roy Schulze said...

Dare I say, I might've liked your poem more than the Psalm. It certainly provides a nice modern echo, especially now that everyone seems to want to be king and no one wants to sacrifice a thing for the greater good.

My Magpie 86 entry is Cepheus.

thingy said...

Really well written. I love the title.

moondustwriter said...

yes the Psalmist garnered great wisdom and the little king none

Tess Kincaid said...

Charming and thought provoking poem, Jim.

Mary Ann Potter said...

Wonderful! I love your take on this painting. (And I love the Lord, who has done so much for me since I gave my life to Him all those years ago!) Have a blessed and bountiful evening.

Jim Swindle said...

Kristen Haskell, thanks for stopping by.
Roy Schulze, I include a bit of scripture, hoping that a poem will lead people to that, confident that the scripture will help some of them.
thingy and Tess, thanks for the encouragement.
moondustwriter and Mary Ann Potter, you've got it!

Kathe W. said...

love this post-very appropriate for these days...

Deborah said...

This is so good ... well written!

Lolamouse said...

So true. We do act like "little kings" more often than we'd care to admit. Very well done.

Elaine said...

Truth. Amen and Amen.

btw Still here Jim, how thoughtful to think of me.

Kathy Bischoping said...

Smiles for your couplet!

Brian Miller said...

nice rhyme scheme and your truth has great volume...i dont want to be king...

Helen said...

Jim, you could have written this with me in mind - I loved it!

Jim Swindle said...

Kathe W, thanks. It's probably appropriate for every age since sin arrived.
Deborah and Lolamouse, thanks for the encouragement.
Elaine, glad you're OK and glad you're writing again.
Kathy Bischoping, glad you liked the couplet.
Brian Miller, I'm VERY glad you don't want to be a king.
Helen, I know what you mean. The poem describes me far more often than I like to admit.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

A wonderful and wise write.

Anna :o]

dfish said...

Great poem, Jim, and right on target. the selfish attitudes of today really exemplify what you describe.

~T~ said...

Great perspective! I'm glad that in this fleeting world, we can rely on the King of Kings.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, HyperCRYPTICal and dfish and ~T~, for the kind words.

Myra said...

This is really good. May I share it on Facebook?

Jim Swindle said...

Certainly, Myra. This blog is for anyone who wants to read it.

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