20 January 2006


              National Leadership

              In this country,
              a fine young leader
              is no accident.
              He wins the right
              scholarships,
              thinks the right
              thoughts,
              is selected for
              rapid promotion
              giving him
              adequate altitude
              to practise his
              helicopter vision.
              His confidence
              is carefully cultivated
              through the years,
              to achieve the
              arrogance of the
              truly great.
              Yes sir, we are always
              who we are,
              simple honest people,
              but sometimes
              we still long too hard
              for heroes.
posted by Gilbert at Friday, January 20, 2006

6 Comments:

Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

as the stranglers said all those years ago 'no more heroes any more'.
sad but true.

clever and intelligent poem!

January 21, 2006  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

Simple honest people are not appreciated, not for their thoughts anyway. Don't ask for heroes, just ask to be treated with bit more equal consideration, that's all. But there you go: some people are more equal than others.

January 21, 2006  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

BTW, did you post this before somewhere? I thought I might have seen it.

January 21, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

It appeared in the Sunday Times sometime last year .... You might have seen it then ...

January 21, 2006  
Blogger Danny Sillada said...

I like the messages of your poems, you're a social realist.

My updated blog is Diary of Silence on poetry.

Thanks.

January 23, 2006  
Blogger the cloned corpse of marcus tal said...

Thank You

January 30, 2006  

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