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Lessons from an Oyster


 

 

There once was an oyster
whose story I tell,
who found that some sand
had got into his shell.

 

It was only a grain,
but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
although they're so plain.

 

Now, did he berate
the harsh workings of fate
that had brought him
to such a deplorable state?

 

Did he curse at the government,
cry for election,
and claim that the sea should
have given him protection?

 

'No,' he said to himself
as he lay on a shell,
since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.

 

Now the years have rolled around,
as the years always do,
and he came to his ultimate
destiny ­ stew.

 

And the small grain of sand
that had bothered him so
was a beautiful pearl
all richly aglow.

 

Now the tale has a moral,
for isn't it grand
what an oyster can do
with a morsel of sand?

 

What couldn't we do
if we'd only begin
with some of the things
that get under our skin.

 

Author Unknown

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