Stephen Crane

(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 / New Jersey)

The Sage Lectured Brilliantly - Poem by Stephen Crane

The sage lectured brilliantly.
Before him, two images:
"Now this one is a devil,
And this one is me."
He turned away.
Then a cunning pupil
Changed the positions.

Turned the sage again:
"Now this one is a devil,
And this one is me."
The pupils sat, all grinning,
And rejoiced in the game.
But the sage was a sage.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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