During one of the early gatherings at Tallspruce, Badger asked Raven, "How can I get rid of my ego?"Verse
Raven said, "It's not strong enough."
"But I'm greedy," Badger said insistently. "I'm self-centered and I tend to push other folks around."
Raven said, "Like I said."
"As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there! He wasn't there again today. Oh how I wish he'd go away!" (W.H. Mearns)
Every day, climbing that stair,
Meeting the self-centered one:
The companion who acts in your name.
Not there! Won't go away!
Like an unforgettable fictional character.
Case by Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonPREVIOUS ☙ NEXT ☙ INDEX