THE MORE THAT IT CHANGES

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(Purists will see that I have shat on the convention of the villanelle)

 

Wise men down the ages will often proclaim

As scholars of Cicero do

“The more that it changes, the more it’s the same”.

Great empires have risen as their zenith came

But nadir would always ensue

“The more that it changes, the more it’s the same”.

The torch of hegemony may brightly flame

But stutters as winds of time blew

“The more that it changes, the more it’s the same”.

We all bathe for our fifteen minutes in fame,

Both sinner and saint as their due

The man with the soup tin would wisely proclaim.

And we on this ant’s nest our sovereignty claim

To pass to inheritors new

Who likewise false ownership vainly proclaim.

We are simply mayflies by some other name

Mere tenants if only we knew

Wise men down the ages will often proclaim

“The more that it changes, the more it’s the same”.

◄ THE OLDER I GET THE BETTER I WAS

COS HE'S A LIAR (BUT YOU'RE NOT BOTHERED THAT HE LIES ►

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John Coopey

Tue 3rd Dec 2019 08:31

I will give you a supporting slot on my Carnegie Hall undercard, Don.

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Don Matthews

Tue 3rd Dec 2019 06:51

I am a little poet
Seeking fame on WOL
Trying to put smiles on faces
Using genre droll

But listen little poet
Some don't wanna smile
No probs take me or leave me
Put what you want on dial

😎

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John Coopey

Mon 2nd Dec 2019 22:14

I remember a hymn we used to sing when I was a lad at the Methodist chapel. It had the line in it, "How little I am in it all".

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 2nd Dec 2019 20:39

How true. But human nature - especially vanity - being what it is, there will never be a shortage of those seeking their brief spot
under the sun of fame and fortune when the chance arrives.

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