Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Leaders/Leadership

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” 

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom 

and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” 

Today's Motif: Leaders/Leadership

Write an ode celebrating an historical leader or fantasy hero.  Here in the USA, I am thinking of President's Day and its emphasis on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but there are many other choices living and dead and fictional and not yet created. What do you see as leadership?

I am inspired by Botlahle's performance poem that won the South Africa's Got Talent competition last year:  

(Next week's Midweek Motif will be Success)

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  1. Mr Linky is fixed! I just reinstalled him. But in between my desk top monitor died, so I am now really testing out my eyesight and fingers on this 8" tablet. I'm going to make coffee and write my poem and I'll be back.

    1. Yikes, what bad luck, Susan! Hope the monitor pops back on somehow...and soon!

  2. Do you see it? I write a poem that I cried over, a demi-ode from my heart. I have been sorely disappointed in Possibility and now am apprehensive for the future of the USA.

  3. heya susan...i will see what i can do....really a very long day already here and wont get a break til this eve...but i will see what i can do....

    1. Hey Brian! Glad to see you here. I'm open for business through Saturday. You come on back with your Leadership/Leaders Ode when you are ready. I learned this morning how intense a prompt it is. Funny how little we talk about leadership . . . .

  4. Thanks for another great prompt, Susan... and the sneak peek into next week...

    1. I hope you can see my connection...

    2. Oh, yes. Without a doubt! This applies beyond the Olympics as well.

  5. Great prompt, Susan, and cool idea to give us a sneak peek at next week. I havent had the news on as have been at my desk three solid days in a row, so I must catch up on what's going on.....

    1. Thank you, Sherry! I enjoy your contribution.

  6. Susan,

    Sorry to read about your technology gremlins in the earlier part of your day. I hope that all is well now.
    This was a powerful prompt, and I treated it with respect:)
    I like the idea of an ealy hint, about the next Mid-Week Motif. Plenty of time to consider!!!

    1. Thank you, Eileen, especially for the note about next week's prompt. And for your poem--I see what you see.

  7. I wrote another, more ode-like. Since I already posted, I'll put it in here.

    Ode to a Leader a la

    Not the dominant one, but one who leads as if
    a guiding hand or head of a body in motion

    My first leader was protection between the mainline
    of my rod and the business end with its bait and hook

    My second leader was control and focus in news
    and, to my joy, a story I sold to a journal.

    After the first two, leaders were rampant in my life:
    beginnings of film and tape, downspouts, and rows of dots

    Nothing was more useful than a leader, guiding one
    team, unified by the horse harnessed and out in front

    Nothing was more beautiful than first violins song
    trumpets lead and aria, except conductor’s dance

  8. Wonderful prompt, Susan.


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