Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time there lived a man

Who possessed a rather special pan

That pan seemed to give him everything he had

From food to paper and ink pots

The pan didn’t allow anything to rot

This caused his business to flourish without any flaw

And he managed to escape from the crabs claws

That was his trade

Of which he was rather unafraid

Ten years at the sea had taken out all the fear

So had it made him queer

For he loved nothing more than the pan he possessed

Having no family or children

He lived alone in a small cottage on the coast

Spreading butter upon his toast

Each morning

But one day came such a morning which took away all he had

Including the much loved pan

He came back from town and discovered

The horrible erosion which had taken place at the coast was the criminal

As for his condition after it

His dependence upon the pan was the criminal

For he loved it more than anything else

And depended upon it for his bread and butter

His whole life was built up upon it

Washed in grief he strolled along the coast

Having lost everything he had of to boast

The pan which he had bought from a normal shop

Was an ordinary one

The cause of his success

Was in fact the hard work and determination by which he had worked with

And he jumped off the coast

Never realizing that the pan was no cause of his success

Once Upon A Time...


Joined August 2011

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Artist's Description

This poem is about a man who lives on the coast and has a pan which he considers to be very lucky. But one day the erosion exceeds it’s normal level and when he comes back from town, his cottage has been washed off. Including the ‘much loved pan’.

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