Stephen Crane

A man said to the Universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the Universe,
"The fact has not created in me
a sense of obligation."

If there is a witness to my little life,
to my tiny throes and struggles,
he sees a fool;
and it is not fine for gods to menace fools.

A warrior stood upon a peak and defied the stars.
A little magpie, happening there, desired the
soldier's plume, and so plucked it.

A learned man came to me once.
He said: "I know the way, - come."
And I was over joyed at this.
Together we hastened.
Soon, too soon, we were
where my eyes were useless
and I knew not the ways of my feet.
I clung to the hand of my friend;
But at last he cried: "I am lost."

I met a seer.
He held in his hands
the Book of Wisdom.
"Sir," I addressed him,
"Let me read."
"Child - " he began.
"Sir," I said,
"Think not that I am a child,
for already I know much
of that which you hold.
Aye, much."
He smiled.
Then he opened the book
and held it before me. -
Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.