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The Powerfool and The Powerful

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The Powerfool and The Powerful

They deserve the power least;
That desire the power most.

And I saw the duo on the road,
Together on a journey in a tussle,
Behold! The powerfool and the powerful.
The powerfool: a powered fool, the power-fooled:
Tooth and nail he fought,
Burgled the mandate, picked a race,
Unwary was he that
Power-fool-ness is not powerfulness.

They deserve the power least;
That desire the power most.

I was fated to behold it all:
How the powerfool took the hold by force,
The power bought he, with the blood of the innocent and the guiltless,
Who in allegiance went, their duty to do.
How the powerful came calm with query;
And chased after the powerfool 
In a slow steady struggle sealed 
In patience, persistence, perseverance…

They deserve the power most;
That desire the power least.

I was fated to know it all:
How at the first three junction of the road
Which was destined for four,
The auctioneer’s label was hung on the truth;
Our trust betrayed for a trifle;
And our lynchpins victimized with riffle.

They deserve the power most;
That desire the power least.


But the fool cannot but fool a fool.
At the fourth junction I saw it:
As the powerfool in a derisive confidence
Met his dreaded waterloo in a corner,
Where stubbornness is stupidity,
And where all help is no help;
Caught unawares; the end of the road in sight.
And the powerful in a gallant gesture,
Given the power that to him belonged,
Sighed VICTORY AT LAST!

He that laughs last laughs longer;
He that laments last laments longer. 

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  1. Date: 9/9/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Powerful verse...your line of alliterations, wonderful. Cynthia

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 4:36:00 PM
    I really love this poem- it's a beautifully written piece about this theme!

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 9:19:00 PM
    OM, Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Take care. *Luv* PD

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 8:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through round one of the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Oluwanifise. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 1:01:00 PM
    A vert strong poem... the ending says it all... thanks for sharing..p.d.

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 12:54:00 PM
    hi Oluwanifise -- Hey, great poem. I really like your coinage of the term powerfool -- very nice. I like to write political poems/people power poems and about powerfools, using your terminology. take care and best wishes... and... where are you? Greg Swimelar