Please read the poem, titled 'The Leader', then pick each leading letter and join them up to see what they read - I have help you by capitalising and bold-ing them.
I admit I have a liking for a little poetry but no, not this time, especially not this subject. Guarantee 101% KTemoc didn't write it - of this, you may be sure ;-)
Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn't conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
Going forward and knowing he's right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight,
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won't hear.
Growing in strength he won't be unnerved,
Ever assuring he'll stand by his word.\
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
Using his power so evil will cease,
So much a leader and worthy of trust,
Here stands a man who will do what he must.
The poem appeared in a recent English-language school textbook for 16 year-olds Pakistanis. The media and opposition went berserk and accused President Pervez Musharraf of brown-nosing the American president.
Paki education officials couldn't explain how and who had introduced that poem into Pakistan school textbooks. The identity of the author is also unknown. All very suspicious! That poem has since been removed.
Maybe the Pakis could offer it to Iraq or Afhanistan?
BTW, the title of this posting has been taken from one of the lines (the one underlined) but with the usual KTemoc's editorial touchups ;-)