YOUTH MUST BE SERVED

I’m sure most of you know that on this day (Dec. 14) in 1542, Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland when she was 6 days old. I’d previously thought (as reported in my Oct. 23 post NEWS OF THE DAY) that Valentinian III was a mite young when he became Roman Emperor at age 6 years in 425 AD, but now I realize my opinion was premature (which I wouldn’t be surprised to learn was the stage at which some not-as-yet-born baby in history became a monarch).

So, upon reconsideration, I can see that becoming a ruler at the tender age of six years doesn’t make much difference in terms of maturity level in some cases. Take Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, for example — it’s hard to imagine that he is any more mature now than he was at age six (just kidding, Kim  — you don’t really want to infect my computer when you have much bigger phish to fry, do you, Sony boy?).

But most of us do “grow” old and can look back clear-eyed and bemused by our long and, at times, bittersweet journey. I think this poem by British clergyman, professor and historian Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) captures that feeling as well as any:

THE OLD, OLD SONG

When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away;
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.

When all the world is old, lad,
And all the trees are brown;
And all the sport is stale, lad,
And all the wheels run down:
Creep home and take your place there,
The spent and maimed among.
God grant you one find one face there
You loved when all was young.

 

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9 comments on “YOUTH MUST BE SERVED

  1. Liked your commentary on the poem. and loved the poem, mistermuse. Nuff said…

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Thanks. Like wise, nuff said.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    Nice one Muse and nice poem too.

    Reminds me of a scene in the movie ‘Tombstone’. Someone tells Doc Holliday that he is nothing but a drunken, skinny old Lunger. Doc who is slowly dying of Tuberculosis and drunk out of his mind tells him. “I’m in my prime.” Perhaps it’s my new hip or I’m just delusional but I’m with Doc.

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    Just goes to show how weary a place the world was before they invented Viagra.

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  5. Don, I am so glad you have a new hip and are enjoying the benefits. As you may know, I had two knee replacements and then I had my right hip done. None of these surgeries are easy but it is worth the effort. It requires a commitment to physical therapy and a change in lifestyle until all is healed. I commend you for sticking with the program, Don.
    As far as Viagra goes, it can restore a man’s productivity but this state only lasts so long for some males. My brother used it but like an idiot, drank a lot of alcohol. Now he has gout and diabetes. Still drinks despite my warnings. The Viagra cannot work as well due to his medical conditions. Yet arekhill 1 is right in saying that this little blue pill does make getting older less weary. good comments from my best boys…er, men.

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    Yeah Michaeline, I’m definitely glad I did it and it’s both hips now. And, oh yeah those pills, that might be the reason too.

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  7. Don, I liked your reply to my comment. All the best with the other hip. I am glad the medication helps you deal with the pain. I was not as lucky as I gradually felt my pain meds were not working. Ice packs were my salvation then. As I was taught at the College of Medicine at WSU, the first important rule is “Every BODY is different.” We all have various reactions to different drugs. I know you will be successful with your new hip. The only thing I did not like was others calling me the “Bionic Woman!” Made me think of that old TV show with Lindsay Wagner.

    PS (If you do not mind, I will say a prayer for you as you travel down the road to a complete recovery.)

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