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Posted: January 18th. 2010 11:38:52 AM

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Be a Pagan Leader

by Juniper

Age Group: Adult

Build you up to tear you down
Spitting on their heroes
Tearing you part
Then holding their hands out
What they hell do they
Think that they doing anyway?

They say toughen up and deal
If want to be our leader
Then harden up your heart
And donít take it oh so hard
Do they not understand?
Can they not comprehend?
It is that very soft spot
That giant loving heart
That makes you willing and able
To be a leader in the first place?

They say itís all trade off
Part and parcel for the fame
As if you were Madonna
Riding around in a private plane

Why do they do it?
What could be their reasons?
Do they think that they are
Doing the community a service?
Are they stroking their own egos?
Riding on your coat tails?
Or do they just want to see you suffer?

Making two whole dollars
For each and every book sale
Speaking at the festival
And getting paid with peanuts
Isnít all that easy
When you have mouths to feed

Buying up a property
Organizing a gathering
Taking out a second mortgage
Promoting and volunteering
Working when you could be
Spending time with the kids
And then the people show up
And they have so much fun
Then toss a bag of chips
Out the window on their way out
Leaving you to clean the litter

They say you can take it
Even if you hate it
Take the heat and love it
Or get your Elder ass
Out of the kitchen

I canít help but wonder
How long they could do it?
Would they last a week running fest
Or teaching a class?
Could they handle all the slander?
From those they are serving
I know that I am dying
To see them dying inside
And know how it feels
To be hand thatís feeding
Only to be bitten

They pick and they snipe
Argue and criticise
Gossip and spread rumours
Then expect you to give them
Everything for nothing

They only want what they want
Never mind what they need
Tow the party line
And you must tell them only
What they want to hear

Remember to always cater
To the lowest common denominator
Donít expect them to think
Donít ask them to examine
Their very own beliefs
Just spout New Age bullsh*t
Thatís all they want anyways

And then some day they wonder
Where did all our leaders
Disappear to?
Where have they gone?
What caused the burnout?
Why did they leave us
Hanging in the wind?

So why even bother?
Whatís the point of doing it?
Why spend back breaking hours
And waste hard earned money
And take time off from work?
They obviously
Do not deserve it
Respect it or want it

Do it for the father
Who hands his teenager
A book on Pagan ethics
Do it for the girl who
Is learning about the Goddess
And how to love the body in the mirror
Do it for the baby
Sitting in the Circle
Chewing on an acorn

Do it for the men who
Carved the Greenman in churches
The herbalists and midwives
Burned for being witches

Do it for the gods
Who want only to be
A part of our lives

Do it for a culture
Steeped in hate and ignorance
Arrogant and proud
To turn it into something
Worth living in

Do it for the planet
Our most sacred Mother
The rocks and the trees
The animals and bees

Do it to spite
Those narrow-minded idiots
Who never think to say
Thank you
Or please

So be a Pagan leader
Work your fingers to the bone
Expose your bleeding heart
Protect and serve
Give everything youíve got
Give them all that you are
And when they bitch and moan
Just smile and tell them
Youíve just been volunteered!

Author's Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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