Should prime allegiance be to God or king, to nations or to constitutions?
– such questions only fools would ask
Should prime allegiance be
to God or king, to nations or
to constitutions? My fellow
travelers – such questions
only fools would ask.
Loyalty unquestioned is
the servant’s lot, a virtue
grown eons ago by tyrants,
kings and jealous gods
to feed their greed and fame.
Soldiers, loyal underlings
were crucial to a ruler’s quest
for power and control.
To cries of war fools raged,
beguiled, deluded and deranged.
They fought for god, for
country right or wrong, for
honor, liberty and peace.
They gave their lives but saved
the flag – enslavement won.
It’s best to heed the bard’s advice,
"to thine own self be true ."
That’s where your loyalty should
aim. Be steadfast in your quest
for wisdom, justice, truth –
For love, true freedom, inner peace.
– Creation stands alone, above
all else. Revere It and the Spirit
that gives life. And live in tune
with nature’s timeless laws.
Let principles like these be
guiding stars that light your way.
Let others babble misdirected,
empty-headed prayers and
their pledge to worthless rags.
Darkness dwells in ignorance, and
dearth of consciousness makes
fright. Seek wisdom now,
unfold your spirit’s might
and find your way into the light.
Dietmar Rothe © reworked 2006
Dr. Rothe's Writings
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|Reviewed by John Domino
|Very well expressed. May you find what you are seeking and find rest.
May peace be with you, love be in you and blessings flow over you,
John Michael Domino
|Reviewed by Delma Luben
|Great poem. I wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy, and enjoyed the exceptional phrasing-- making it understandable to the average reader.|
|Reviewed by john salmon
|Is a person that goes his own way, going the right way or has he become a lost sheep. Enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing.|
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|A thoughtful, insightful write.
In the oft-quoted line "to thine own self be true," I am reminded of the therapist's fundamental advice, "Know thyself," for it is difficult to be true to yourself without having first learned who you are.
Your poetry explores much of this and turns our attention to what is basic and important: "Seek wisdom now, unfold your spirit's might and find your way into the light."
AuthorsDen writer Jeanette Cooper has just posted her poem The Silence of Goodbye which speaks to the shallowness of friendships that quietly turn to emptiness, leaving us to to stand, sadly, "alone, above all else."
In passing, I must say I was struck by the glaring light of your phrase, "Darkness dwells in ignorance."
This is my first visit to your den site, Dietmar. It will not be my last.
|Reviewed by Approximately Naive
|Glad I popped by to read this gritty, no nonsense, poetic commentary.
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man came to mind as I read through this write. As a tri - nation (UK) we are far removed from his ideal.
There is indeed a clash between loyalty to first community, then society, then country, and now - if the re-emergence of the constitution so-called is pushed once more - Europe!
To thine own self be true? Fair enough, but as a people we are dependent and interdependent, thus we can't be in total isolation, and therefore loyalty to at least our collective survival is paramount. I get your drift nonetheless and wished the tenets of Paine were our guiding democratic principles. In their absence, our governing elites deserve no loyalty for sure - agreed.
|Reviewed by Arthur Tugman
|Dietmar, I love your poetry.
|Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
|Very good message. This reminds me of a Russian story where the soldiers follow blindly and massacre some peaceful people traveling home to their villages after worship. Sometimes we ignore our gut instincts and follow like sheep, afraid of being called cowards...when that is what we are if we can't stand up to what we know is wrong.|
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|I like this composition as it is in style, theme and message.
"Loyalty" has a bag-full of teleological/THEOLOGICAL and ontological and historic points to be discussed. The heedful reader will take a first class trip on this aircraft of knowledge and wisdom.
I have enjoyed reading "Loyalty", and have learned a historic-socio-philosophical lesson.
I salute You, Poet!
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Though I disagree and believe God alone is sovereign, I like your style and do accept some of your theories.
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|There is a powerful truth within this write. A message that will have many uneasy. Great write.|