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The Average

His peasant parents killed themselves with toil

To let their darling leave a stingy soil

For any of those smart professions which

Encourage shallow breathing, and grow rich.


The pressure of their fond ambition made

Their shy and country-loving child afraid

No sensible career was good enough,

Only a hero could deserve such love.


So here he was without maps or supplies,

A hundred miles from any decent town;

The desert glared into his blood-shot eyes;


The silence roared displeasure: looking down,

He saw the shadow of an Average Man

Attempting the Exceptional, and ran.