Justice Delayed — Justice Denied
by Leland Waldrip
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I collected this anecdote from the Internet and edited it slightly for form and content. Its text is prose, but its message is pure poetry.
A boat docked in the mirror images of blue sky and sea by a tiny Mexican fishing village and a rich American tourist admired and complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish.
"How long did it take you to catch them?" he asked.
"Not so long," answered the fisherman.
"Then why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
"But, senor: this is all I need to meet the needs of my family."
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, catch a few fish, play with my children, and take siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to have a few drinks with my friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."
The American replied, "Look, I have an MBA from Harvard. Let me help you! Start by fishing longer every day so you can sell the extra fish. Use that extra income to buy a bigger boat. The bigger boat will make you more money, so you can buy another boat and a third and so forth until you have an entire fleet! Then you'll be able to cut your own deal directly with a big fish processor. Continue to grow until you open your own plant. Then you can leave this village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! Then you can run your business from there."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, maybe thirty years."
"Then? That's when things get really good. When your business is huge, you sell its stock and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And then?"
"Then you'll be able to retire to a tiny village near the sea, sleep late, catch a few fish, play with your children, take siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!”
© 2006 R. Leland Waldrip
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|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Such truth and wisdom, Leland; thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|Oh my, Leland, I really needed this laugh! Thank you, thank you!
Wonderfully expressed, in words and in spirit!
Peace and Blessings,
|Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*®
|The more we seek with greed, the more we lose the simple pleasures of Life. Reminds me of the dog with a bone who sees his reflection in the water and tries to steal the bone in the reflection only to lose what he already had in his mouth.
Love & Light,
|Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii)
|Love it Leland,helps me to explain my personal creature comforts as simple as spending several hours reading excellent literature on the net while sifting through the garbage. Thanks for sharing my friend. Peace, love, and blessings. Mikii|
|Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
|Oh, this is so typical... LOL! Well, I suppose I shouldn't laugh, because the message herein is quite serious, my dear friend; Perfectly depicted, here, the ever self-inflincted injustice stemming from mankind's tendency (stupidity? oh, yes!) to create more and more needs, instead of simply enjoying the fulfillment of those simple ones... and then to long for the peacefulness of those who simply do that. Wonderful post, dearest Leland, I hope that many, many, many will read it... and ponder. I pondered, and this ended up inspiring this senryu:
"Futile aim, two cars.
Ponder, walk, take deeper breaths
~ We have but one ass."
© 2006 Alexandra* ;0)
|Reviewed by C. J. Stevens
|An allegory that is a poem, or a poem that is an allegory. Either way, it sparkles with a profound truth.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Perfect...thanks for sharing!!
Love Hugs and More Love Tinka!!
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|How did I know it would end like that...? ed|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Reviewed by Steve Joos
|This is a thouugh-provoking piece. Why should the Mexican fisherman wit 20-30 years to have what he has now? Maybe that's something even Harvard MBA's need to consider|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|hahaha...make you wonder why we do the things we do to get ahead in this world. Live each day as if it is your last and be true to yourself. A little built or garnered wisdom along the way makes it a good life.|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Yep. Poor Mexicans Good. Rich Americans, Bad.|
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|"Justice Delayed — Justice Denied".
This shows clearly why we are loosing our families, and why we develop more illness than cure for the existing ones.
Thank You, Poet!
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
|I concur with Eileen completely below Leland !
This is a wonderful anecdote which highlights the absurdity and foolishness of staying on the treadmill of so called progress and unbridled ambition !
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Perfect! The brilliant american takes twenty thirty years to achieve what the mexican already has, and we call that progress!HA~;-)!lol Thanks for sharing Leland!