Verse > Anthologies > Harriet Monroe, ed. > Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 1912–22
Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
My Greatness
By Oscar Williams
From “Under the Sun”

WHEN I realized my greatness, at once I shrivelled and grew little;
As clouds shrivel when they realize the wonders of their cargoes,
Carrying the fates of flowers and rainbows and the souls of little children.
The moment I realized how great I was, I was great no longer.
From the depth of earth and ocean, through the eyes of flowers and spray,        5
I gazed at the blue skies across which I had sailed in crimson splendor;
And slowly and unseen I climbed up the stairways of the sun-rays,
And slowly and unseen I lifted myself on the wings of the wind …
And I rose from my littleness that was the fulfilment of my greatness!

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.