There's safety in great numbers, so they say,
And being in a crowd may drive out fear.
And fifty thousand fans who give a cheer
May help a flagging team to win the day.
While crowd support might sweep a man to power
And satisfy ambition's hungry drive,
There is no guarantee that he'll survive;
Crowd mood might quickly change at any hour.
The crowd in opposition is a threat
With individuals hiding in the throng,
Who, being more anonymous, feel strong
To act in ways they later might regret.
     So when rebellious hearts begin to throb,
     Beware the crowd which turns into a mob.

© Tom Chapman 2010