I scrimp and scratch

To bleed words onto paper

A tragic and drastic hope

To have said something


You speak from your throne

A perfect and practiced tone

The well-written lines of time

Twined in smoothness like silk


But if I can reach one ear

Leave something more behind

Just the smallest of changes

In just the slightest of lives


You reach for the masses

Speak to the classes

Grand ideals the siren call

A kernel to lead the chaff


In sound bite and flickered glow

You have spoken a million words

Fate seen to by history

If your words do not deceive


Mine will yellow in a binder

On an unknown shelf

Fate seen to by mystery

These words that I believe


But of all the differences

The most glaring is true

At the end of it all I did

what my words said I would do


23 Responses to “Pontificate”
  1. Bravo! Brilliant! You’ve said the most profound truth my friend, if your words do not mean anything, if you do not do what you say, your words are nothing…this is a great poem, and now it has joined the others that I have loved in your repertoire. All the best!

  2. Your words matter! They matter to each one of us whose lives they cross! Better to have sweated out to change one life in a positive way than never to have tried!

  3. beth says:

    And there is your character holding steady

  4. Jim Borden says:

    yes, to thine own self be true.

    and glad to know that your poems are not just sitting in a binder somewhere…

  5. kristianw84 says:

    More politicians need to take a page from your book! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    It’s hard to understand why some days those words come so much easier than others.

  7. jomz says:

    Action speaks louder than words. Well written!

  8. jupitergrant says:

    There is so much meaning here. Really lovely.

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