Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave?

by Thomas Hardy

“Ah, are you digging on my grave,
My loved one? — planting rue?”
— “No: yesterday he went to wed
One of the brightest wealth has bred.
‘It cannot hurt her now,’ he said,
‘That I should not be true.'”

“Then who is digging on my grave,
My nearest dearest kin?”
— “Ah, no: they sit and think, ‘What use!
What good will planting flowers produce?
No tendance of her mound can loose
Her spirit from Death’s gin.'”

“But someone digs upon my grave?
My enemy? — prodding sly?”
— “Nay: when she heard you had passed the Gate
That shuts on all flesh soon or late,
She thought you no more worth her hate,
And cares not where you lie.

“Then, who is digging on my grave?
Say — since I have not guessed!”
— “O it is I, my mistress dear,
Your little dog , who still lives near,
And much I hope my movements here
Have not disturbed your rest?”

“Ah yes! You dig upon my grave…
Why flashed it not to me
That one true heart was left behind!
What feeling do we ever find
To equal among human kind
A dog’s fidelity!”

“Mistress, I dug upon your grave
To bury a bone, in case
I should be hungry near this spot
When passing on my daily trot.
I am sorry, but I quite forgot
It was your resting place.”

The Indispensable Man

(by Saxon White Kessinger)

Some time when you’re feeling important;

Some time when your ego’s in bloom;

Some time when you take it for granted,

You’re the best qualified in the room;

Some time when you think that your going,

would leave an unfillable hole;

Just follow this simple instruction

And see how it humbles your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water;

Put your hands in it up to your wrists;

Pull them out – and the hole that remains;

Is the measure of how much you’ll be missed.

You may splash as you please when you enter;

You may stir up the water galore;

But stop – and you’ll find in a second ,

That it looks just the same as before.

The moral of this is quite simple;

Do just the best that you can,

and be proud of yourself – but remember;

There is no indispensable man

I heard this poem being read to me last Sunday. The topic was about humility.