Pokeweed and Thorns

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Rick Hill
Richard H. Hill


“The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.” Walter Lippmann , Roosevelt Has Gone


            Common sense is the ability to:

            1.  See clearly

            2.  Judge virtuously

            3.  Act decisively


Pokeweed and Thorns

Words and music by Rick Hill


If I planted poke weed

If I planted thorns

Why in the world would I ever think

I’d harvest peas and corn?

If I’d known the wind would blow

All my life away

I’d have moved all I own

Had it for another day.

Get yourself down to the field,

Take a look around

See with something more than eyes

Tell me what you’ve found

Early morn, sky is red

A storm will soon approach

Signs and omens all around

But still we stand and watch

Raise and hold the plumb line

Let it not go slack

There can be no excess

But there should be no lack

Tho’ the world is colored

 In many shades of gray

You must make a judgment

You must lead the way

Arise and claim your call, now

Be steady strong and true

The hurricane approaches

And overtakes the fool

The cry grows ever louder

“Never, never back!”

The one who was the first

Will suddenly be last.


Copyright ©2010 by Richard H. Hill. All rights reserved.