Just a Pawn

This poem is about will, power, and responsibility. It was written using iambic tetrameter.

A citizen absorbs the news,
He can’t be blamed if nothing’s true;
He watches screens and reads reviews,
And casts his vote as others do;
His sons and daughters sit in pews,
And leaders think they’ve scored a coup.
The common man can’t take the blame—
He’s just a pawn within the game.

A soldier walks through desert sands;
He does his duty as he’s told;
He’s not concerned for foreign lands;
He’s paid his dues though he’s not old;
He must endure the war’s demands
No matter how the plans unfold.
He won’t win medals, wealth, or fame—
He’s just a pawn within the game.

While watching people on his screen,
He catches prey and loudly swears;
Though others call his job obscene,
He’s working for the man upstairs;
Though seeing all, he is not seen:
These warriors shoot from office chairs.
Though watching all and lacking shame,
He’s just a pawn within the game.

The man of sin controls the earth;
He has some plans that he won’t share;
He regulates each death and birth
From deep within his secret lair;
Though he has strength, he’s only worth
What he can steal from land and air.
Though he can slander, kill, and maim,
He’s just a pawn within the game.

Now Satan is a leader grim,
And all his demons share his views;
Though many people follow him,
The others he can just accuse;
Though he can tear men limb from limb,
He can’t take souls if they refuse.
Though he will feel the burning flame,
He’s just a pawn within the game.

The King of kings has only one
Concern for His creation now;
He doesn’t want to end our fun,
Or force us to obey and bow;
He wants His will to ever run
Through all of us—if we’ll allow.
When wills unite and will the same,
There won’t be pawns within the game.

(written January 2020)


Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He [Jesus] said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:34-35, NASB)

“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread….
(Matthew 6:9-11, NASB)

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