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    Moral Leaders


    I saw an old Native American Chief wearing

    sacred feathers; he was riding on a mist of

    memories, and beseeching me to cover the hole

    in the heart of man. I then saw a Hindu women

    priest in a multicolored Sari; she was riding on

    red flames of fire, and beseeching me to cover

    the searing earth with soothing water. I then saw

    a Buddhist Monk who was riding on a bed of red

    thorns; he was beseeching me to cure the pains

    of humanity. I then saw a politician who was

    riding on the golden lucre of his office; he was

    beseeching me to vote for him even though his

    mouth was full of lies. I then awoke from my

    dream and wondered where the moral leaders of

    our nation went.






    About The Author

    James Piatt aaduna spring summer 2018
    James G. Piatt, a retired professor and octogenarian has published, three collections of poetry, The Silent Pond, (2012), Ancient Rhythms,  (2014), and Light (2016), four novels, over 1,050 poems, and 35 short stories. His poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of Web awards, and many were published in the The 100 Best Poems Anthologies of the past few years. Mr. Piatt’s fourth collection of poetry, “Memories and Musings,” is scheduled for release in 2018. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.