Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

The Indispensables - Poem by Tony Jolley

Some of them walk the world unrecognised,
Barely known beneath the skin,
Dwelling far beyond the ken of myopic minds
And the pernicious prejudices
Of those disabled by dogma
And blinded by bigotry
(Yet suffering at their hands all the same) .

Some of them don’t know how not to give:
Are attuned to the beats of others’ hearts
And share their burdens
With never a thought of thanks.

Such are the world’s ‘Indispensables’:
More often than not taken for granted,
Far too often forgotten
When life’s ‘laurels’ are lavished upon the ‘deserving’.
They are the unassuming, gentle giants
Upon whose broad shoulders we stand
To scale the walls of our worries
And see beyond the bleakness of our most difficult of days.

May they be blessed above all measure and means.


For Nassim.... April 06

Listen to this poem:

Comments about The Indispensables by Tony Jolley

  • (10/19/2008 1:55:00 PM)


    Every once in a while, I stumble over something that has slipped through my gaping net. This piece is thoroughly touching and deserving of positive feedback. It is sad that no one else has seen fit to comment upon it or maybe it's because it lacks the 'humpty-dumpty-sat-on-a-wall factor that seemingly brings so many of our contemporaries comfort where poetry and prose are concerned. Thank God for real people! Love and peace. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Monday, April 10, 2006



[Report Error]