"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Magpie #18

The Reluctant King
Two brothers not really alike

One serving his country

The other chasing a pretty face

One sacrificing his private life

While the other merely got a wife

29 comments:

rel said...

Kathew,
ow often does love win out?
Very appropo.
Nice magpie, and so quickly too. I'm envious. ;)
rel

Aoife.Troxel said...

Ah well, I don't think he thought of it as 'merely.' All the same, an interesting ramble through the contrasts in their lives.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I was very young but I remember the drama. I think the country got a better king in the end.

Helen said...

This time in history was certainly an interesting one with all of the personal drama .... very well written Magpie!

kathew said...

Helen- wasn't it a fascinating time. I remember well all the dinner time discussions when King George VI died and young Elizabeth became Queen.

kathew said...

Rinkly Rimes- absolutely!!!

kathew said...

Aoife.Troxel-
I agree with you, but I think others thought "merely"....but that was then and aren't things different now!

Annie said...

I suppose it will always be a bit of a mystery as to who really got the better deal.

Angie Muresan said...

Choices. I love personal dramas!

Linda said...

I like it. I wanted to work that angle myself, but it just didn't come forth. Good job!

Carrie Burtt said...

Apsolutely love this one!! :-)

Paul C said...

You delineate the differences well. Too bad the older King George could not be recognized for his talents rather than outworn presuppositions.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent take on the prompt. 'merely' is such a tiny word for the magnitude of what took place - I love the way it enhances the story to the nth!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hi Kathew, thank you for your visit. I like your take on this prompt. I researched and enjoyed the story since It was a long time ago I learned it. Great job.
QMM

willow said...

You wrapped up the history in one delightful little piece. Nice.

Lena said...

Great little piece! This was mostly the royal attitude towards it. I'd give up everything (apart from my guitar) for love......

Lyn said...

And that's that..short and sweet!!

RA said...

Great Magpie! :)

Brian Miller said...

oh so very nice and pointed...an interesting contrast that...great magpie!

showme said...

Nice Magpie!

Jingle said...

five lines,
tons of fun...
you did it very wisely and effectively.

Jennifer Morrison said...

Ah, the choices of kings, they changed the course of the royalty's history.

Stafford Ray said...

Ouch! ha ha.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

You made me smile as cut to the chase with this one.

Catalyst said...

Nicely done, Kathew.

RNSANE said...

I think getting a wife is a pretty good deal!!! Of course, I am still a romantic, even at 65!

susan m hinckley said...

I love this little poem -- such a concise summary with a fun little lilt. Well done!

Selma said...

You have summed the situation very well. I wonder if just getting a wife was enough for the man who otherwise would have been King?

C.M. Jackson said...

so true---Edward acknowledged his brother's family in his parting speech--you explore his deciusion on many levels in so few words--great magpie!