Action Man

I’m not a great one for navel gazing

Said George Walker Bush

I’m an action man

The words he chose to say

Action sounds so sensible

So ‘let’s get up and go’

The other seems so woebegone

And weak


But navel gazing is a put you down

For the hard work of thought

It minimises mental work

As pointless wasting time

It makes one less receptive

To the wealth that silence brings

And makes us think restraint

Is nothing less than crime


He ‘surfed the feelings of the crowd’

All that hurt and pain

And boasted to the skies above

America will come again

Now Biden’s put a stop to it

A wiser man in charge

Far better ‘navel gazing’

Than an action man at large


Brian Fahy

1 September 2021

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