Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

The Leader

Poem by Roger McGough

I wanna be the leader
I wanna be the leader
Can I be the leader?
Can I? I can?
Promise? Promise?
Yippee I'm the leader
I'm the leader

OK what shall we do?

Comments about The Leader by Roger McGough

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (9/30/2019 9:47:00 PM)

    Quite a subtle poem even though it is brief. In part I see it as a satire about leadership-
    so many people want to be leaders, like the speaker. Once he is made leader, though, he is insecure and indecisive. I like this.(Report)Reply

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  • Bob Lloyd (7/24/2019 9:49:00 AM)

    Never more appropriate than today 24th July 2019(Report)Reply

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  • Zena Deayton. (2/21/2018 3:16:00 PM)

    I once saw a poster with this poem on it. (as well as a little person on a ladder perhaps?) Any idea where I can find it again.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/10/2017 2:29:00 PM)

    Hope and dreams! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/10/2017 9:56:00 AM)

    Take inspiration from present day politicians and be one among them. Nice poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/10/2017 6:04:00 AM)

    Nyahaha.... such a humurous and funny poem.....(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (10/10/2017 3:11:00 AM)

    te he he a poem with a warning? you should not wish for things you do not really want because some times wishes do come true! in fact Looking Back At It Now we have all been/led at some time in our lives? ...........Promisingly written Rog(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/10/2017 1:41:00 AM)

    hahahahahahahahahaha I love the sense of humor in this... I have to read more by him(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/10/2017 12:10:00 AM)

    Yes, of course you can be a leader. Having positive motivation and values within and doing selfless service you can proceed ahead. You want to be a leader is the great ambition. Giving promise and keeping promise is a nice attitude of a leader. This is brilliantly penned poem...10(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/4/2016 12:22:00 PM)

    Why u wanna be a leader?(Report)Reply

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  • Sergio Garza (9/23/2009 4:40:00 AM)

    He went to college to write this? These are the words of a teen trying to be clever about the absurdness of politics. Ha! Ridiculous.(Report)Reply

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  • Chris Thomas (1/15/2009 2:06:00 PM)

    It reads like the opening lines of a Prime Minister's C.V. Absolutely Class!(Report)Reply

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  • Sallie Howson (1/30/2006 10:13:00 AM)

    think this poem should be dedicated to all politicians(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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