Poetry: For Those Who Seek To Rule

Ruling is not easy. It asks too much,
too often, from us humans full of flaws.
So I offer some tips, not strict as such,
but more a guide, a simple set of laws.
Let’s begin with the most important thing -
know you are the servant not the master.
Rulers who serve themselves alone bring
selfish paranoia followed by disaster.
Guard your integrity. Do not sell
your soul even if for the greater good.
With humility and grace listen well
to wise counsel as all smart leaders should.
Let your strength be kindness and compassion,
for you will be judged not by words but action.

Anna Larner