She is “Leader”
Clad in royal blue regalia,
She (a queen upon her throne),
Poised to pounce, should there be need,
Guidance, blessings, protection.
I am “Intern”
Withdrawing far from madding crowd,
I (observer watching from below),
Poised to practice as I study
traits, subtleties, strategies.
Leadership cannot be taught,
It’s molded firm of raw potential,
Gleaned from sailing stormy seas;
Minor strains that modulate, become
symphonic master works.
She speaks without sound, eyes locking
Glaring past facades of plumage,
I see – I am the chosen one,
When I am ready.
Written for Friday, May 23 2014, The Light and Shade Challenge, using a photo prompt and the following quote:
“…the rarest chords in the soul’s harmonics Are found in the minor strains of life.” E. Wheeler Wilcox. Life’s Harmonies
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This is so insightful for such a short piece. Lyssa M x
Thank you. The peacock’s visage was a powerful image for me. I recalled so many situations from my corporate days, where a leader was nowhere to be seen. Thanks for your comment.
Very powerfully written piece – telling so much so efficiently. I love your word choice and your phrasing – “glaring past facades of plumage” is my particular favourite
Thank you Thomas. It really is all about leadership – false facades can’t disguise lack of leadership.
I loved how you used three words as the bookmark ending for each stanza. I also loved these words:
“Leadership cannot be taught,
It’s molded firm of raw potential,…”
Thank you, Sara.
This is so beautiful and well-written. Truly. I was a little lost until I reached the second line of the third stanza. That snagged my focus like you wouldn’t believe. Really really good.
Thank you…and for such a short piece, this one took me a while to write. It’s always challenging to wrangle one’s inclination to ramble.
“I see – I am the chosen one, When I am ready.”
These two lines convey immense power. Power that is recognized.
Thanks, yes. She has been chosen. Ah, leadership…so hard to find these day🎭