Francis Duggan

In The Land Of The Blind - Poem by Francis Duggan

'In the Land of the Blind the one eyed man is King' an old saying that I first heard as a boy
In his small World he was the one to rule because he was blessed with sight in one eye
Those words of someone wise to them have a ring of truth and perhaps to many nowadays do apply
It goes to show how wise a man he was and it only proves that there's none so blind as I.

The one eyed King he leads I follow on the kings we have are kings that we create
The unenlightened by the half enlightened led and the half enlightened we choose to celebrate
Just like the judas sheep though innocent of any crime his own poor kind he always does betray
Up the slaughter ramp he leads them on to death of which he is spared in the clear light of day.

Tomorrow morning again he will lead his own kind up the slaughter ramp to die
They follow on though their trust he does betray and for betraying their trust a long life he'll enjoy
Perhaps to them he is their one eyed king he leads them to their end they follow on behind
Just like the one eyed man we hear about who becomes king and betrays his own kind.

In the Land of the Blind the one eyed man he rules a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing
The sightless people celebrate his name and they choose the one eyed fellow as their King
And to this so called marvellous man we give our respect and of his greatness far too much we hear
We are the blind and we give him our trust and for trusting him he repays us with fear.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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