Leaders

by Eric Chaet

Tell me the history of those who noticed
that their group was misguided—
the group offering them only this opportunity:
accept its set of goals & prizes, or get lost.

Tell me the history of those no one believed in
or, if they believed in them
what they believed was their own fantasies
projected on one with different aspirations altogether.

Tell me the history of those who only managed
to survive a while, as even bacteria, algae, & bugs do
as plants do, beneath & above the surface
as planets do, & stars, & waves of light, sound, water.

Tell me the history of those who had to endure
news of the parade of so-called leaders & their successes—
who narcissists & addicts kept trying to embrace—
whose only community was everyone, & no community at all—
who had to learn who they actually were, & lead themselves.

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