Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Lessons from an Oyster

Lessons from an Oyster
By: Author Unknown

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.

It was only a grain,
but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they're so plain.

Now, did he berate
the harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?

Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?

'No,' he said to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.

Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.

Now the tale has a moral,
for isn't it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn't we do
If we'd only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.


  1. this was lovely..made me think a bit..
    even though I am not as creative as an oyster, or as optimistic as one..why is it I have a feeling of being an oyster in the shell

  2. Fantastic poem Marja. After not working for almost 2 weeks, I came back to office to find your beautiful envelope waiting for me. Thanks a lot my good friend as I loved everything inside. The cards are on my office wall as I aspire to travel to NZ one day..and that goodluck bookmark will accompany me with my reading. Big hugs and much love, M

  3. An biographical sketch of an oyster with a deep rooted message at the same time!Lovely Marja!When will we humans stop complaining and take things into our stride....try converting the stones thrown at us into milestones?We have a lot to learn from your oyster.
    I had a read of Mayke's poem as well.And thanks for having my blog on your list on the sidebar.


  4. What a lovely poem about making the best of any situation.

  5. Lovely poem! Very funny and yet true!!

  6. That is a fantastic and lovely poem ,Marja!Thank you for sharing!

  7. I enjoyed this very much Marja. Did you write this? Great moral to it too.

  8. a great poem with a message worth thinking about, thank you, Katie

  9. This is a very uplifting poem. Gems of wisdom in every stanza. It meshes well with "go to the ant...and consider her ways... found in the Good Book.

    Thank you very much for sharing such a lovely pick.



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