I wrote this a few years ago. Given recent headlines I feel it's pertinent again on a larger scale.

Thoughts on a momentary scene watched as an uninvolved bystander


Thinning hair worn in long disarray
large gut extending arrogantly
A belt buckle that has not seen
Sunlight in years
A blazer dirty and worm too small
Wrinkled shirt open at the first three buttons
Staining at the other three
Voice loud and strident
The past commodore
Striding the halls like a school yard bully
Demanding respect
The members silent not cowed
Knowing that a well placed challenge
Would shatter him
With terminal consequences
So he continues on the silent charity of others
In search of respect where none is warranted
and gathering instead unknowingly
Disgust and shame

Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-05-29 at 01:38

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
The subject does seem familiar. More importantly, the portrait is first-class, spare, but well-drawn.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Given the recent headlines, what is amazing is the endless number of sycophantic followers a bully can amass, perfectly happy feign respect where none is warranted.

A timely poem, Joe.

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Reminds me very much of someone we all know. It amazes me how these people are so egocentric that they cannot see what they have become. Great piece :)