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The Leader...a poem

Updated on November 6, 2012
Romney vs Obama from Rodrigo Philipps Source: flickr.com
Romney vs Obama from Rodrigo Philipps Source: flickr.com

The Leader

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


A paragon of justice,

a pristine soul of right,

until of course survival's choice,

dictates the course of light.


Pandering to the masses,

in words of strength, resolve,

to undertake righteous answers,

our dreams and hopes absolved.


But when the office door closes,

and the shadows of pledges appear,

when open hands demanding,

contend with all that's dear.


What then of light and the course of men,

whose ambitions impair the good,

and in debt the leader to deal with,

and in action balance, install.


In the dark of night, in silence,

in a bed as cold as ice,

decisions made come haunting,

to be qualified, just and right.


The leader remains at the edge of abyss,

between the moral, the wrong and the result,

clinging to that square inch of remaining self,

that through circumstance is rarely felt.


What matters in the end is fortitude,

and a heart that really cares,

for without it corruption and a sadder world,

will guide us to despair.


Vote from the heart.



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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Aubrey. Have a great day.

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      A.E. Williams 

      4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Nice!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Leslie.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      and the people have spoken..

      may the other people hear them...

      united we stand...

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Agreed Cardisa; let the voice of the people be heard.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it vocalcoach. Lets see what ensues.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks John, sitting at the edge of our seats.

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      John Sarkis 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Excellent poem, in the nick of time and only hours away

      Voted up

      John

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      " What matters in the end is fortitude,

      and a heart that really cares,

      for without it corruption and a sadder world,

      will guide us to despair."

      Oh, how very true this is. A brilliant and timely poem Tony. Thank you so much. Wonderful! Voted up and more and sharing.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Wonderful. I am so happy that it wasn't a poem that was promoting either candidate as the decision totally belongs to the people. I loved it.

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