Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~No Man is an Island


No man is an island,
Or so I’ve heard it said.
Certain men are leaders,
And others must be led.
Let not the man who would control
Despise the lowly serf
For if there were no followers
What need of kings on earth.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 10, 2014

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  • Daniel Y. (2/26/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    Brilliant. Beautiful and terse! The allusion is less about leadership and more about the social nature of humanity. But your poem is clearly about hierarchy. Reminds me of my poem called Chess. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/27/2014 3:10:00 PM)

    I thought I was heading towards Hemingway and expected bells to be tolling. Instead I found a lovely assonant little poem, which reminded me of a saying I heard many times in the Fire Service.
    Too many chiefs and not enough indians
    Hugz (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (1/8/2014 9:31:00 PM)

    Excellent! ! .
    However I do wish we could do without the corruption and abuse that comes with the dear leaders (Report) Reply

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