When you rule alone

You are alone

No fool to scold you

No cabinet to hold you

No opposition to challenge what you do

There are no bearings in this sea

Just sea and sky now endlessly

And stars to steer by –

They all left the sky


You cannot bear the slightest slight

Your rule is strong

And might is right

And protest is put down

You go to jail

For protest weakens this estate

Autocracy allows no mate

I rule this land – not law

And you obey


The mighty halls

The table long

Keep far away the massing throng

I say how it is

And it will be

Except we others know this game

It always always ends the same

The ruler falls – he does

He does – you’ll see


Brian Fahy

26 September 2022

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