Today’s prompt is authority. While the first thing that popped into my head was John Mellencamp’s lyrics “I fight authority, authority always wins,” this prompt still proved a difficult one. There are so many different directions to take. I spent most of today putting grades into the online gradebook, so I guess that make me the authority handing down grades, but I would rather think of myself of the authority on literature, writing, or grammar. Grades are a by-product, a necessary evil. Well, with this poem, you can see where all this musing took me. I hope you like it.
The rules of grammar are clear:
Capitalize the beginning of a sentence;
Always capitalize the pronoun I;
Never use a double negative;
I before E…
Except after C.
Does an exception lessen the authority?
If a rule can be broken one way,
Can it be broken another?
What then is an authority?
A scholar becomes an authority
By citing other scholars.
So who was first?
Can anyone truly be
An authority on anything?
Yes, you are an authority.
You know more about one subject
Than any other human on the planet.
You know that subject intimately,
If you would just allow yourself
To accept it.
Yes, you are an authority