As Lemmings to the Sea



It is said that every time there is a population explosion among lemmings, that the little creatures band together and march to the sea. Once there, they leap from the tallest cliff and commit mass suicide, swimming round and round until they exhaust themselves and drown. I have even seen documentaries that show these depressed little things on their way to the beach to die. As it turns out, this is nothing but a myth. How do I know? tells me so. Ahhhhh. Yet another truly interesting myth dies. Perhaps all of the myths are walking single file to the edge of the cliff as I type this. See them fall into the surf and disappear under the foam. Nevertheless, I have always thought that we, like lemmings follow our leaders mindlessly, without asking where we are going. So for today, a poem about lemmings.

As Lemmings to the Sea

Trying hard to be polite and thoughtful,

So others won’t be uncomfortable.

We carefully hide the best of ourselves

As we march like lemmings to the sea.


We whitewash our hard earned sparkling talents,

Lest we thoughtlessly outshine others.

We conceal our uniqueness within, as

We march like lemmings to the sea.


We go singly, or in pairs, and in groups,

Alone, in commitment, in parties.

We silence ourselves while those louder speak.

Marching lemmings, to the sea.


We are confused about what is best for all,

We believe their countless, blatant lies.

While the rabid rant on, propelling us

Like lemmings to the sea.


Closer, we see the fate of those ahead,

Falling, flailing, landing helplessly

In the seething waves below. Are we but



c.2013, Fai Marie Dawson

An interesting film on Lemmings can be found on YouTube:

One thought on “As Lemmings to the Sea

  1. I very much agree with your poem/blog. It seems that everyone needs their friends on Google to agree with their choices, congregate on YouTube videos that go viral, and have to let everyone know what they are doing on Twitter. When did we decide that we could only do things in groups and not make decisions for ourselves? I think there is such as thing as too connected!

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