This poem was Jim's favorite. It hung on the wall in his office and has been
    featured in several Jim Reeves books.
The Indispensable Man 
by Saxon White Kessinger
Sometime when you�re feeling important, 
Sometime when your ego�s in bloom, 
Sometimes when you take it for granted 
You�re the best qualified in the room. 
Sometimes when you feel that your going 
Would leave an unfillable hole, 
Just follow these simple instructions 
And see how they humble your soul. 
Take a bucket and fill it with water, 
Put your hand in it up to your wrist, 
Pull it out and the hole that�s remaining 
Is a measure of how you�ll be missed. 
You can splash all you wish when you enter, 
You may stir up the water galore, 
But stop, and you�ll find that in no time 
It looks quiet the same as before. 
The moral in this quaint example 
Is do just the best that you can, 
Be proud of yourself, but remember--- 
There�s no indispensable man. 
©1959 used with author�s permission
"Indispensable Man" was originally published in "The Nutmegger Poetry Club under the name Saxon Uberuaga. It has also been published in "Boots" in Spring 1993, in "The Country Courier" 1996, "Rhyme Time" in Winter 2000, and in "Golden Times" in August 2003.
Saxon White Kessinger is a member (and past president) of Gem State Writers� League and a member of Idaho Writers� League. She is an award winning writer, receiving Idaho Writers� League "2003 Lifetime Achievement Award," "Writer of the Year" in 1992, 1995, and 2002 and "Poet of the Year" in 1999 and 2000 from her Idaho State Leagues. She has published various poetry offerings and many articles in various newspapers and magazines. You can reach the author by email at
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