Bravest of Men

by Eric Chaet

The bravest of men are not honored or praised:
their actions please neither the masters nor slaves.
Young people eager for short-cuts to take
steer clear of the brave ones, & follow the fakes.

The bravest of men are brave ’cause they’re wise:
their thoughts may be lonely but they see thru the lies.
Everyone looks at them, then—quick!—looks away—
& pretends they saw nothing much special today.

Still, mountains are mighty & friends of the brave—
while others are blinded they see thru the haze—
while others pretend to be happy & free
the brave love the brave & have reason to be.

The bravest of men are a trial to their friends—
even their families may hide in the end.
They look on from childhood while liars gain power
& no one believes what they yell from their towers.

Sometimes a crisis comes—they’re called on to lead.
As soon as it’s over, they’re exiled with speed.
Or they may live their lives thru, with zero respect—
while everything decent gets wasted & wrecked.

While people who act brave get worshipped & paid
the brave men are busy, they’re using their days.
While others achieve some near-sighted “success”
the brave create that which has real effect.

The bravest of men are brave ’cause they’re wise:
their thoughts may be lonely, but they see thru the lies.
Everyone looks at them, then—quick!—looks away—
& pretends they saw nothing much special today.

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