The Fool and The Lamp
This has to be my simplest poem..it has an obvious message hidden but you can read it as an amusing story or realize its depth..entirely up to you..
He sat with an oil lamp
Close to his heart
No matter what happened
From it,he'd never part
He had bought it at the highest price
he knew it was one of its kind
And so this man was glued
To his all so priceless find.
There was something about the light it shone
That was entrancing to the eye,
As it could be lit just once,
He knew he could never let it die.
He cleaned the lamp all the time
Kept it at the safest place
He'd sit n watch the dancing flame
for countless nights and days.
His soul was very selfish though
He wanted to share it with no one
So he hid it from the world
Unaware of the insecurity that had grown.
And he couldn't share it with the world
His selfishness grew to obsession
So he trapped himself with the lamp
And greedily watched the lamp burn alone.
He brought the lamp to his face
His greed knew no limits
And kept watching till suddenly
His heart broke into bits.
This fool was so sad,
Wondering why he was so obsessed,
As he watched the light extinguish,
By the blow of his own breath.
"I feel like I'm number one,yet I'm last in line..."
"So I think I'll keep on walking,with my head held high...
And only God knows why..."
Only God Knows Why - Kid Rock