~*~ The Rock and The Bubble ~*~ By: Louisa May Alcott

Oh! a bare, brown rock

Stood up in the sea,

The waves at its feet

Dancing merrily.


A little bubble

Once came sailing by,

And thus to the rock

Did it gayly cry,–


“Ho! clumsy brown stone,

Quick, make way for me:

I’m the fairest thing

That floats on the sea.


“See my rainbow-robe,

See my crown of light,

My glittering form,

So airy and bright.


“O’er the waters blue,

I’m floating away,

To dance by the shore

With the foam and spray.


“Now, make way, make way;

For the waves are strong,

And their rippling feet

Bear me fast along.”


But the great rock stood

Straight up in the sea:

It looked gravely down,

And said pleasantly–


“Little friend, you must

Go some other way;

For I have not stirred

this many a long day.


“Great billows have dashed,

And angry winds blown;

But my sturdy form

Is not overthrown.


“Nothing can stir me

In the air or sea;

Then, how can I move,

Little friend, for thee?”


Then the waves all laughed

In their voices sweet;

And the sea-birds looked,

From their rocky seat,


At the bubble gay,

Who angrily cried,

While its round cheek glowed

With a foolish pride,–


“You SHALL move for me;

And you shall not mock

At the words I say,

You ugly, rough rock.


“Be silent, wild birds!

While stare you so?

Stop laughing, rude waves,

And help me to go!


“For I am the queen

Of the ocean here,

And this cruel stone

Cannot make me fear.”


Dashing fiercely up,

With a scornful word,

Foolish Bubble broke;

But Rock never stirred.


Then said the sea-birds,

Sitting in their nests

To the little ones

Leaning on their breasts,–


“Be not like Bubble,

Headstrong, rude, and vain,

Seeking by violence

Your object to gain;


“But be like the rock,

Steadfast, true, and strong,

Yet cheerful and kind,

And firm against wrong.


“Heed, little birdlings,

And wiser you’ll be

For the lesson learned

To-day by the sea.”


Jyoti Arora
Author of Dream’s Sake, Samsung Mobiler



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