Pawns


When researching World War One I came across the following that was written in response – I suppose – to those in powerful positions who just disregard ordinary people as pawns in a game designed to enhance and reinforce the power of the powerful. 

These moralists may sadly prate

Of ‘pawns’ … but don’t forget one thing

When there’s a danger of check-mate

The pawns may save the King!

It got me thinking that perhaps there was another version that it would be well for those in positions of power today to remember.

Hence this is my amended version.

These moralists may sadly prate

Of ‘pawns’ … but don’t forget one thing


When there’s danger that they’ll dictate

The pawns may destroy the King!