The Emperor of the
I spent the day down by the
sea, just the sun, the sand, the water…and me. It was a long day but
getting late, I was in a glorious euphoric state. Just before night when
the sky was bright at the end of that summer’s day, the horizon was
aglow with a bright amber show and the seagulls were at play. I felt
like the emperor of the world so I proclaimed that to the sea, a simple
sailor such as I how could that ever be?
The sea started boiling like a witch’s
brew, there were sharks and whales and dolphins too. Every kind of fish
from every ocean appeared before me as if by some magic potion, the bay
became a great gurgling cauldron of living fish, it was an amazing
sight, every fisherman’s wish. They parted and in the middle there was
a gigantic whale, with a beautiful mermaid raised up on his tail. She
was obviously the Mermaid Queen for it was the most regal sight you’ve
ever seen. She spoke in such melodious tones I felt she was speaking to
my soul my very bones.
She said:" You are The Emperor of
the World and I the Queen of the Sea, we agreed in ancient times to live
in harmony. I’m here to tell you of the fact that you have broken
every pact and we can no longer tolerate the death and destruction at
this rate. I’d like to remind you, as before we could melt the ice
from every shore, thereby flooding all your land and destroying all that
you command. But fear and threats that’s not our way, we much prefer
to hope and pray… and trust, that golden thread of compassion that
runs all mankind, will become foremost in his mind.
We’ll share our bounty for that’s our
way, but please leave some for another day, leave enough to regenerate
and before taking more please…hesitate.
There’s a great future for this world
of ours, but man must learn to share his powers. He must learn to govern
in a much more democratic way, by letting all living things have their
say, for although they may not be able to verbalize man must learn to
listen…with his eyes. In the sea, the air, the ground, the evidence is
all around that man has found no solution and continues to commit
pollution. It was foretold in ancient times that man would poorly rule
the earth, he then would behold the changing signs and there would be a
great rebirth, a newborn man with great compassion and a reverence for
life in every fashion, with a great love for this wondrous planet and
nurturing heart for all that’s on it.
As she slipped back into the sea I stood
there as if frozen, her last words to me were… ‘You have been
chosen." The bay went calm the night had fallen; the air was heavy
with some kind of…pollen. I stood there a while to think, for I
realized we had reached the brink …and that Nature would one day have
But would Man be there?……………I
could not say!