There’s always a couple of leaders competing for affection:
The one in splendid garb
praises the survivors for surviving.
assures them they are loved, admired, revered,
tells them they’re a magnificent example to others
says this over and over:
‘because of you, we have hope
because of you,
we will be stronger than ever.’
The one in the crumpled suit
Praises the survivors for surviving,
Warns them their war isn’t over
The worst is yet to come
unless we fight to the death
unless we look into the eyes of the enemy
steadfastly renew, recover, and rebuild
before it is too late.
‘Now is the time for action,
no patting each other on the back.
We must turn the tide.’