The ocean still his master

There is nothing worse
Than a man who thinks himself wise:
No longer subject to temptations,
Flattery and the charms of sex.
Life will show him the error of his thinking,
Pillars thrown down he lies in ruins,
Bemoaning the bad fortune he himself has sown,
With arrogance, with condescension,
Self-defeating cleverness,
Let him learn the lessons of pre-school again and again,

Until he can walk on two feet,
Sea legs earned through falling
A thousand times –
The ocean still his Master.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. erbdex
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 22:55:54

    Last lines are heavy artillery man!



  2. Jingle
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 01:24:57

    divine, despite everything, the ocean is still his masters, wow.

    Happy Potluck.


  3. Sonia G Medeiros
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 03:44:46

    I love that last line too! The whole thing is so strong.


  4. Jaan Pehchaan
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 03:50:49

    Ha! Ha! Are you talking about me? Well, I have grown wiser! The ocean is still my master!


  5. charlesmashburn
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 16:32:39

    Well said. I believe we will never really have our sea legs. We re small in this very large ocean of life. I try to learn something new–or again–every day. Nice writing!


  6. disjointedrhymings
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 00:13:27

    Great piece, the ocean masters us all πŸ™‚


  7. carefreewanderer
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:47:11

    Wow! Very enlightening! And I absolutely LOVE your theme, Ocean is still his master.It just gives you this overwhelming feeling of being consumed by the high seas,the saltiness,the full blown sails.Beautiful!


  8. mindlovemisery
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:03:23

    Awesome truly! When I look out over the ocean I definitely feel humbled


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