Think as I think," Said a Man
 
"Think as I think," said a man,
"Or you are abominably wicked;
You are a toad."
 
And after I had thought of it,
I said, "I will, then, be a toad."

 

                                                    Stephen Crane

 
 
 
The Sage Lectured Brilliantly
 
The sage lectured brilliantly.
Before him, two images:
"Now this one is a devil,
And this one is me."
He turned away.
Then a cunning pupil
Changed the positions.
 
Turned the sage again:
"Now this one is a devil,
And this one is me."
The pupils sat, all grinning,
And rejoiced in the game.
But the sage was a sage.

 

 

                                                Stephen Crane