Mr. Frank Wadas
Parable of immortality ( A ship leaves . . . )
by Henry (Jackson) Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933
I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads its white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
It is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last it hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, 'There it goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.
It is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as it was when it left my side
and just as able to bear its load of living freight
to the places of destination.
The diminished size is in me, not in it.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There it goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching it coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here it comes!'
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