“The spirit of a king serves a king’s decisions,
serves the wisdom on his platter,
serves his life upon a throne.
The wisdom of a king extends his stature before his people,
extends his reach across a kingdom,
extends his rule within the law.
The tenure of a king is strengthened by his presence,
is strengthened by his appearance,
is strengthened by the absence of deceit.
The rule of a king has longevity with righteousness,
has longevity with justice,
has longevity from the imprint of his mantle.
The mantle of a king is not found within a wardrobe for the dressage of the day.
The mantle of a king is not an adjunct to a uniform,
not a cape drawn round a neck,
not a robe of splendour as worn before a crowd.
The mantle of a king is not an accoutrement for an act at an occasion,
is not the aura of a mood-swing,
is not the raising of a voice.
The mantle of a king enhances his bearing on a throne,
enhances his standing in an audience,
enhances his presence in a gathering.
The mantle of a king is attached as a symbol of authority,
as an emblem of leadership,
as the birthright of a line of royalty.
The mantle of a king rarely needs renewing,
sometimes needs to be examined for a fit upon the shoulders,
always needs to be exercised in the rhythm of the day.
The mantle of a king is tarnished through carrying the stains of the flesh,
is torn by the carnal,
is not for simple re-attachment once it has been discarded.
The mantle of a king imposes responsibility,
imposes an awareness of the future,
imposes a sensing of the past.
The mantle of a king imposes accountability for a reign,
imposes the loss of privacy,
imposes the semblance of the sacred in the absence of profanity.
The mantle of a king should be a sacred trust,
should usher in a time of stability,
should announce the onset of a rule worthy of his name.
The mantle of a king should address the canker of a grievance,
should address the call from those awaiting justice,
should uphold the standard of the kingdom.
The mantle of a king should instate the coming of prosperity,
where provisioning leaves none with the need to beg,
should instil the sanctity of life,
should ensure none are dispossessed for the benefit of a few.
The mantle of a king eschews selfishness,
The mantle of a king is the epitome of servanthood,
is the award of honour,
is the accolade of God.”