Some time when you’re feeling important

Some time when your ego’s in bloom

Some time when you take it for granted

You’re the best qualified man in the room

Some time when you feel you are going to

leave an unfillable hole

Just follow this simple instruction

And see how it humbles your soul

Take a bucket and fill it with water

Put your hands in it up to your wrists

Pull them out………and the hole that remains

Is the measure of how much you’ll be missed!

You may splash all you please when you enter

You may stir up the water galore

But stop, and you’ll find in a minute

That it looks just the same as before

The moral of this is quite simple

Do just the best that you can

Be proud of yourself but remember:

There is no indispensable man.


Walter Harrison Labour MP mid 70’s pinned this poem up for his colleagues in Westminster written by Saxon White Kessinger in 1959 addressed

  “To all and sundry”