Hail, Poetry

Hail, Poetry

This one I share with a friend who had a heart attack while still young. He had been working a full-time job, teaching two or three courses at university, maintaining a practice in psychology, and not taking care of himself physically. He was… The Indispensable Man.


Sometime when you’re feeling important,

Sometime when your ego’s in bloom,

Sometime when you think that only you

Are the best qualified in the room;


Sometime when you think that your going

Would leave an unfillable hole,

Just try this simple example

And see how it humbles your soul.


Take a bucket and fill it with water

Plunge your hand in it up to your wrist:

Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining

Is the measure of how you’ll be missed.


You may splash all you like as you enter;

You may stir up the water galore,

But stop, and you’ll find in a minute,

That it looks much the same as before.


The moral of this quaint example is

Just do the best that you can,

Be proud of yourself, but remember


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