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Tuesday, August 08, 2006


by Mike McCulley

A leader without a following is just
a guy taking a walk, listening
to voices in a dream, listening
to music in his head, watching dancers

hop around on the grass. A leader
without a plan is just a mug
looking for something to do, listening
for change in the grass, watching fog

clear, scuttling around showing a wave
and grin. A leader without direction
is just a guy looking for sheep
to follow, looking for a parade

with a bigger band and more elephants,
skipping through the grass
looking for a place to hide.

Mike McCulley:
Retired from educating
rewired for recreating
pastime birding,
part time wording.