Poetry by Jeff Green


How Not To Succeed

by cricketjeff on February 27, 2010.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

The popular will bend with every breath,
Each passing fad has been their lifelong creed.
A lightweight life precedes, a peaceful death,
And none recall a single worthwhile deed.

You see these fools on TV every night,
They’re all for you, by which I mean for they,
Explaining that their policies are right
But not why they were different yesterday.

An honest man may finally prove great,
When lesser men are shown as empty shells,
If he’s the guts to stand against the hate,
Forgoing fame from offering what sells.

The greatest men that history recalls
Were not renowned for spouting loads of balls!

Author notes

Prompted by –

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

Jack Kerouac