Jonathan to his David

It is better to be sidekick

than hero. All I must give

is loyalty and that only briefly

as I appear in the shadow

of his sun. My actions, my heart

never questioned. His errors called

before the masses and publicly

paid; when I slip it is not far

to fall, and humility is ever

my currency. If I get caught

up elsewhere, killed in battles

of his making, is it not just

a way to pay my smaller sins?

I said from the outset I would die

for him. If only it would do him good.

People need to know a great man

can love and grieve. It’s reassuring

to see he’s made of our same clay.


6 thoughts on “Jonathan to his David”

  1. I meant to comment Saturday and then the weekend happened. So finally — is this The Ballad of the Free Rider? I am not sure what inspired this poem, but it is utterly fascinating both politically and socially. All I can think is about how this rings so true for the office! Confident you did not really intend anything so banal, but I found myself saying, ‘Yeah. That is how my day went!’ Thanks for validating us down in the banal world of office stuff. πŸ™‚

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    1. Well, I think it could be a song for sidekick-types. πŸ˜‰ I was working from a couple of characters I’ve been writing on and off for a few years…thinking (hoping) it could have a larger resonance.

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