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You might recollect the fable by Aesop which tells of the mighty oak that resisted a great wind and was brought by the wind crashing to the ground. There it lay in dishonor.

Observing a slender blade of tall grass waving gently in the strong wind, the oak inquired how the grass had managed to preserve itself when the strong oak had fallen. The grass replied, “I bend, and allow the wind to pass by me.”

This same philosophy is revealed in the following verse which was recited, as expressing the sailorman’s viewpoint, at a long ago dinner of New Bedford and Nantucket whaling captains:

If navigating through this life,
In poverty or riches,
You chance to meet a head-on sea,
Just ease her when she pitches.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 03/08/06
Categories: Life
Keywords: whaling, life


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