Greatness Is the Child of Choice and Chance

Subscribe to this site on YouTube

Subscribe to get a poem sent to you each day by email

Read a dramatization of the Mueller Report

Hear me read
the poem as
an MP3 file.

Watch me read
the poem as
a YouTube video.

Video and Audio Music:
Maryandra's Waltz
By Jesse Gallagher.
Music free to use
at YouTube.

Alpha List

Name Poems

Poems for
Washington's
Birthday

Political
Poems

About This
Site

Poems for
Free

Copyright by
Nicholas Gordon

Greatness is the child of choice and chance,
Even when one's character is right.
One must fit the urgent circumstance,
Requiring wrongs that one's gifts can requite.
Greatness needs a time that calls for greatness,
Embracing an entire generation,
When some grave danger, failure, or injustice
Awaits a leader to unite the nation.
So might the mantle fall upon a soul
Having just the qualities to be
In mien and temper suited to the role.
Nor ought one, chosen, turn down history.
Greatness waits upon one like a bride
That knows well one's humility and pride,
On which she plays to keep one by her side.
Nor, after, will one care how much she lied.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

Video and Audio Music: Maryandra's Waltz.
By Jesse Gallagher. Music free to use at YouTube.



[about this site] [poems for free] [poem of the day]
[site policy] [about me] [links]
We and our partners share information on your use of this website to help improve your experience.