"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
06 May 2008
This week's poetry stretch at the Miss Rumphius Effect asks us to draw our inspiration from this photo. (This photograph was taken by lijojohnson and is protected under a Creative Commons license.). I was talking with someone this week about what great teachers children are - these two lead me to my poem this week:
I watch a lesson being learned. Tiny hands mastering the sand - Creating a camelot - a bold fortress. Proud smiles - a magnum opus!
But I know what is coming. Slowly the water encroaches Camelot is in danger. He doesn't seem to notice.
A wave engulfs the tiny kingdom. But the tiny master does not cry. "I can make a new one!" he exclaims. His sanguinity is my lesson learned.