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Also ran

I follow the news but do not set the pace

teach what I was taught without invention

and hook my carriage to a steady train


the Friday to a busy week

one who sails right behind my silver girl

a universal second-in-command


like a hen that knows the pecking order

the ideal civil servant, a reasoned man

who embraces logical conclusions


who plays according to Hoyle without flare

or error, adheres to the recipe

and writes to an accepted format


so the only time I lead is when I drive

by the code at the head of a winding queue

of reluctant restless followers.

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