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Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert.  Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.
Written by:  Percy Bysshe Shelley
[This poem first captivated me in my pre-teens when I read it in a comic book.  It remains a reminder to me when I despair from the evil I see in the world.  You can find this and other (more positive / inspirational) poems and writings on my Poems page / tab.    —    KMAB]
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Imagine if you are the KING of Kings.  Imagine knowing your greatness is such that for a thousand years, no other king could hope to rise to your level of wisdom, generosity, courage, wealth or power…  Would you challenge the mighty with a mocking shout across the void of ages to despair because they can never rise to your level?  Would you pity those who would seek to rise to your fame?  Or would you, (in your wisdom,) issue a warning – couched in a mask of arrogance – that even the mighty are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Ask Ozymandias
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