I Once Knew a Man


I once knew a man with a gargantuan ego.

Strolling on the beach, he reached
Out with both hands open wide,
And claimed the ocean as his own.

`Whitecap waves and depths untested,
Know me as your natural ruler.
Currents crossing the equator,
Carry out my royal commands.'

I kicked the sand and pondered my reply.

`You and I will both be gone
And still this ocean will continue,
Heedless of our brief attendance.'


©2016 Michael Fraley




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