A Poem About the Importance of Self-Reliance

JACK, THE EMPLOYEE

A raft was bought when Jack was young, one that he used to travel the sea
Though it tipped and dumped him in and out, he swam back to it wild and free

On seeing this a captain offered a job that was sure to keep Jack dry
So Jack took that job and left his raft on the coast to wither and die

He washed the ship and scrubbed the floors and at night was left to his own
And the years passed and he forgot his raft until one day he was grown

A storm came down and with it waves that tipped over the ship and crew
Jack tried to calm his mates because none of them knew what to do

“Kick your feet lads, we’ll swim to shore” he said so they’d follow him
But all perished that day, along with Jack, because he’d forgotten how to swim

-Jeremy Fisher