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To an Arrogant Young Man


Narcissus, gazing in a forest pool,

knelt on the moss to kiss his mirrored face

and drowned in his own image's embrace,

a fate befitting such a haughty fool

whom you rival in cruelty, but who

was twenty times more beautiful than you.


Timothy Murphy



From The Deed of Gift, Story Line Press,

1998.  Reprinted by permission of the author
and Story Line Press, Ashland, Oregon.


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