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The Ancien Régime

The tumbril creaks and rumbles
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 its 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 peasants’ pleasures.

Arrived at Hope they gaze towards 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 but the fading surf
Where the past lost years reply.

** 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.

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  • BillH October 5, 2018, 9:59 AM

    It took the French aristocrats 300 years to wreck their good deal. The Dems have wrecked theirs in 50 or less. And, they just keep at it.

  • Dr. Jay October 5, 2018, 10:12 AM

    I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.

  • Richard October 5, 2018, 10:31 AM

    Evidently, every epoch must have its bloodletting.

  • DrTedNelson October 5, 2018, 12:24 PM

    The numbers remind me of a patent application.

  • Terry October 5, 2018, 12:33 PM

    The French ruling class was totally unprepared to even imagine that their gluttony would result in them being hung from lamp posts or beheaded. The American ruling class was totally unprepared . . . .

  • Rev.Hoagie October 5, 2018, 12:46 PM

    And their martyrs.

  • ghostsniper October 5, 2018, 1:45 PM

    Kill em all. They have violated their right to live peacefully with others.

  • Eskyman October 5, 2018, 3:17 PM

    Now I have some new entries on my shopping list: tumbrils, baskets, and a good guillotine. I reckon a used one will do, but come to think of it- maybe I should budget for a new one?

    After all, it’s likely to get a fair bit of use! Just in California alone there are any number of politicians that would be much improved if they were shortened by a head!

  • Jack October 6, 2018, 3:08 PM

    I’m old but I’ll help cuff ’em and load ’em on the wagon and I’ll work for free, too. There will be much to do but I’ll help anyway I can, including spreading fresh sawdust to soak up the mess. Those of my fellows who can lift the blade can use my honing oil, my file and my rasp to keep it good and sharp, too.

    Git’r Done!!!

  • Howard Nelson October 7, 2018, 5:54 AM

    The promoters of sleaze, slime, and defamation have received a well-deserved hit. May those Dweller
    Dung Beetles, Democraps, marinate in their self-made szzt.