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A Shepherd, keeping watch over his sheep near the shore, saw the Sea very calm and smooth, and longed to make a voyage with a view to commerce.
 
 
He sold all his flock, invested it in a cargo of dates, and set sail.
 
 
But a very great tempest came on, and the ship being in danger of sinking, he threw all his merchandise overboard, and barely escaped with his life in the empty ship.
 
 
Not long afterwards when someone passed by and observed the unruffled calm of the Sea, he interrupted him and said, "It is again in want of dates, and therefore looks quiet."
 
 
Aesop fable

Comments

Whimsical poem and beautiful

Whimsical poem and beautiful photographs!Also, just wanted to wish you a happy spring and invite you to join my seasonal blog hop again!

Oh Janet, I too love this

Oh Janet, I too love this poem! I have it in my notes for my next book - The Sun Rises and the Beach Waits, but I'm not sure about the copyright and still have to look into that.

Kim - ee cummings is one of

Kim - ee cummings is one of my favorite poets. Until I read your comment it never crossed my mind that there would be a copyright issue. I blame it on my ignorance. I think I never thought about it, because you see poems re-printed in so many places. It was my mistake that I thought just crediting the poet was sufficient. I've removed the poem and replaced it with an Aesop fable that is copyright free.Thank you for drawing my attention to this, as I feel strongly that copyright should be honored.

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