But they were silent

 

They kept their mouths shut
embarrassed
naughty children caught out
arguing.

I’m better than you,
cleverer,
more worthy,
with leadership qualities.

He gathered the silenced ones
together. All twelve.
Maybe even some of the others,
like the women.

Be the greatest, he told them.
The best at caring and loving,
the first among servants.
Be friends of children.

They still had nothing to say.
Not sure what he was getting at,|
but afraid to ask.
Speechless.

 

© Ken Rookes 2015

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