Castles of Sand

I don’t like your poems, she said
They’re the work of a simple mind
I find that they’re frivolous, she said
I like the timeless kind

I know my poems are simple, I said
I know they’re nothing profound
You want me to build an eternal edifice
And all I build is this little mound

I know they are castles of sand, these songs
When I build them I am happy inside
I know full well they won’t last very long
I know they’ll be gone with the high tide

All I have to build with are the grains
Of my simple feelings and emotions
With the little blue pail of my brain
And my single-minded devotion

I shall write my Magnum Opus some day
For now I am building these mounds of sand
I’m no great architect, just a child at play
But at least I am building them here, on land

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