Welcome to Poetry.com

Poetry.com is a huge collection of poems from famous and amateur poets from around the world — collaboratively published by a community of authors and contributing editors.

Navigate through our poetry database by subjects, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. You can submit a new poem, discuss and rate existing work, listen to poems using voice pronunciation and even translate pieces to many common and not-so-common languages.

Elected Tyrants

Towards us
A fly -
Messenger of miniature news.

What of a lie,
Small one?
And a small conscience bears report:

Nothing of consequence,
Nothing of import
While leviathan live.

Who brings word of those?
Surely thy wing can not be so heavy.
What of dishonor then?

Much the same.
There are giants to
Make a dwarf look a dwarf.

Alas, mightier than we to convey such a burden,
Dear fly.
What grander things do you know of?

Of adultery and murder
Of sacrilege, blasphemy
And of tyrany.

Evil say you,
Vile and wretched say we!
From what wicked land do you come?

Thou should know it,
I am sure.
Thou does know it.

The weight of your load has wearied your mind,
We are sure.
What land, fly, so we may hate it!?

It is your land, tyrants.
Do you not see yonder leviathans looming?

We have not a window.
We have not a door.
Trust we an insect's testimony?

What knows a man of his dung
Even when he makes it his bed?
The truth do I love.

And a bug is to a shoe
As wisdom to folly.
Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)
Font size:
Collection  Edit     

Submitted on May 02, 2011

57 sec read

Discuss this Matthew Snyder poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "Elected Tyrants" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 9 May 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/70240/elected-tyrants>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest poetry community and poems collection on the web!

    More poems by

    Matthew Snyder


    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    Which of these poets did not use capital letters in his works?
    • A. Sylvia Plath
    • B. E.E. Cummings
    • C. Robert Browning
    • D. Robert Frost

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets