Edward Hester

Rookie (December 9,1943 / Greenville, NC)

The Rules - Poem by Edward Hester

I will be pure
I will be good
I will not be misunderstood

I know the law
I know the rules
‘Cause being bad is just not cool

I know if I obey the rules
I’ll get the best grades in my school
If not, I’ll fear that I’m the fool.

Now I’m at work
And I’m the boss.
I make the rules, my workers must.

There’s power here
To keep me safe
Cause rules and laws prevent all change.

But wait a moment;
Something’s wrong!
These rules don’t keep us going strong!

What if rules
Are wrong themselves?
They’ll hold back Wrong, and Right as well.

Why can’t we all
Think for ourselves
Instead of following lead sheep’s bells.

The only rules
And laws for me
Are those of God and Liberty!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 23, 2006

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