Without their Medals

To look at them, you’d never guess

who they are

they laugh you in the eyes with their

single-syllabled grins

 

wear simple clothes

guide you through

their most complex thoughts

with amiable shrugs

 

as if they were reciting

an interesting passage

from Alice in Wonderland

 

you could pass them in the street

without a second glance

their faces an assorted collection

of Mr. Anyone, Farmer Jones, Miss Plain

 

they don’t wear their Nobel prizes

their Pulitzer decorations

keep their degrees, medals and titles

in their office closets

 

the news items say

the world will never be the same

because of something

they wrote, discovered, imagined

 

but to look at them

you’d never guess

To Go Back To
SEARCH RESULTS
Hit your browser's
BACK BUTTON

© Johnmichael Simon

2011

.