Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 12, 2008


by John Boyle O’Reilly (1844 – 1890).


At Best


The faithful helm commands the keel,

From port to port fair breezes blow;

But the ship must sail the convex sea,

Nor may she straighter go.


So, man to man; in fair accord,                                   5

On thought and will the winds may wait;

But the world will bend the passing word,

Though its shortest course be straight.


From soul to soul the shortest line

At best will bended be:                                               10

The ship that holds the straightest course

Still sails the convex sea.



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