The Plant in the Pot

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(For impatient teachers, advisers, etc.)

 

The plant in the pot was growing slowly and well;

Though slowly, yet surely and freely and well.

But the maid in the house had a mind of her own;

She believed not in slowness but in sudden quick growth.

So she flooded the pot in a merciless way,

Pouring water and water until dawn of next day.

And when pouring was over, to her shock and dismay,

There was water but – oh! – no more plant, only clay.

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