Who are you to command respect?
You are just a Private Two.
I’m a Private, if you reflect!”
The Private two in full retreat,
Went to His Private First Class.
Of the insubordination he would repeat
To send the message up to brass.
The PFC frowned at the report
About the Privates disrespect.
He decided to refrain for a retort
Until his Specialist could reflect.
The Special didn’t like the sound
Of Privates sneering at command.
His Corporal would be told when found
And then authority would take its stand.
The Corporal, red-faces and mad
Stormed of to find the Sergeant’s ear.
This Private’s rebellion was very bad
And should be replaced with respectful fear.
The Sergeant to the Staff Sergeant went
And found the Sargeant Major, too.
Sending up and up to the President
The Reporting rose. Now what to do?
The President called the Private to come
To the Oval Office in urgent haste
Where he reluctantly received some
A full report of the discipline he faced.
“You disobeyed my very orders,”
Said the Commander and Chief.
“Your disrespect certainly borders
On treason, worse than a thief.”
“I did not disobey you,”
The private said in defense.
“It was a Private Two
Not a smart one, one that was dense.”
“His authority comes from me
So it was my orders you disobeyed.
And now you stand defenseless and guilty
And your punishment must be displayed.”
Down the very chain of command
Orders do not get weaker.
They carry the same unaltered demand
From the President down to the speaker.
The same is true in the Family of God
Of the authority the Father put in place.
You will answer for reward or the rod
When you speak to the Father face to face.