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.