The Number One Role

Strategically placed among its staff
Like a King,
Ruling his vast empire.
Continually performing the leading role
Like a shepherd tending his fold.
This vital organ labeled by many
As broken, bleeding, contrite or aching,
Carries out its life sustaining work.
Then unaware of time or years
Its mighty task completes.
Weary, diseased, or malfunctioning
Presents the final beat.

Evelyn De Leeuw
December 2009

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