Treasure Island

Emmanuel George Cefai

(12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

Send us Minerva a wiser man than me


Send us Minerva a wiser man than me
I dreamt to humanity of Immortality
Of Body plus of Soul already:
Send us great goddess from your head
Some wiser man than me beget
More practical and engineering too:
I lit the light; let not the flame-glow
Wither before some turbid winter-thaw:
But catch it while it be, I lighted it.
I meant it to grow, not wither.
I was a dreamer, perhaps, yes, perhaps.

Submitted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 30, 2013

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  • Daniel Brick (7/23/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    This poem is a touching prayer of one who did his best, realized it wasn't enough and had the inner strength to admit that to a higher power and sue for her solution. This is the prayer of a truly good man, one not dominated by pettiness or false pride. But he has much to be proud of - I LIT THE LIGHT. I MEANT IT TO GROW. I read your long Prometheus poem last week. This one too is a variation on the Prometheus theme, but it shows a wise resignation of destiny and an equally wise appeal for the one who can prevail. WOW! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/23/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    This poem is a touching prayer of one who did his best, realized it wasn't enough and had the inner strength to admit that to a higher power and sue for her solution. This is the prayer of a truly good man, one not dominated by pettiness or false pride. But he has much to be proud of - I LIT THE LIGHT. I MEANT IT TO GROW. I read your long Prometheus poem last week. This one too is a variation on the Prometheus theme, but it shows a wise resignation of destiny and an equally wise appeal for the one who can prevail. WOW! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/23/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    This poem is a touching prayer of one who did his best, realized it wasn't enough and had the inner strength to admit that to a higher power and sue for her solution. This is the prayer of a truly good man, one not dominated by pettiness or false pride. But he has much to be proud of - I LIT THE LIGHT. I MEANT IT TO GROW. I read your long Prometheus poem last week. This one too is a variation on the Prometheus theme, but it shows a wise resignation of destiny and an equally wise appeal for the one who can prevail. WOW! (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/23/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    This poem is a touching prayer of one who did his best, realized it wasn't enough and had the inner strength to admit that to a higher power and sue for her solution. This is the prayer of a truly good man, one not dominated by pettiness or false pride. But he has much to be proud of - I LIT THE LIGHT. I MEANT IT TO GROW. I read your long Prometheus poem last week. This one too is a variation on the Prometheus theme, but it shows a wise resignation of destiny and an equally wise appeal for the one who can prevail. WOW! (Report) Reply

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