March 19, 2016

The Ancien Régime **


The tumbril creaks and rumbles on
Upon the road of Slate,
Retracing rutted years of sand
Whose Distance storms Debate.

Its passengers stand fixed as stone
While faces cheer from Snow.
The blade awaits it's midday meal,
When Above becomes Below.

Innovations carved from clouds
Give despair and dance New measures.
The blade reflects its evening meal
When kings slake lower pleasures.

Arrived at Hope they gaze on mist
Where granite horses roam.
Their schedules as fixed as Dark.
Their future -- White as bone.

The head within the basket sees
Vast Parliaments of sky.
Its ears hear only fading surf
Where all past gone years reply.

" Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine."

** The Ancien Régime was the monarchic, aristocratic, social and political system established in the Kingdom of France from approximately the 15th century until the latter part of the 18th century ("early modern France") under the late Valois and Bourbon dynasties. The term is occasionally used to refer to the similar feudal social and political order of the time elsewhere in Europe. The administrative and social structures of the Ancien Régime were the result of years of state-building, legislative acts (like the Ordinance of Villers-Cotterêts), internal conflicts and civil wars, but they remained a confusing patchwork of local privilege and historic differences until the French Revolution ended the system.

Posted by Vanderleun at March 19, 2016 5:28 PM
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I always sympathized with the aristocrats of the French Revolution being a right-wing monarchist at heart. This has changed. The notion of setting up Madame Guillotine on the Mall in Washington DC is more and more intriguing. Think of pleasure which could be had of drawing up the lists.

Posted by: Andy Texan at March 20, 2016 7:04 PM

I'll volunteer for knitting duty.

Posted by: BillH at March 21, 2016 2:40 PM