For robust women and hired nomen,
For mighty oxen, fearsome cows,
Busy bees and ripping plows,
For beavers building by the lagoon
And yapping dogs who die too soon,
And horses proud and obsolete
And tractors roaring in the heat
And wildcats stalking out their pray
And owls calling end of day.
But in that wide diversity
Of virtues far beyond the city,
The hero all his fellows follow
Is the scarecrow, piked, pecked and hollow.
LEADERSHIP, n. A novel complaint. Avant-garde grief.