image by Mostafa Habibi
He waited all his life for such a boat...
A simple boat--two oars, no more...
To take him places where he'd never been.
At last, at last, his boat came in,
But he was old and gray and bound
By all the things that now had been.
And so he saw the boat and sighed
And looked around and blinked back tears
And grieved for all that might have been.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
--Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 ESV
Note: Ecclesiastes is the book of the Bible that deals with life "under the sun." It tells of the futility of the best things this world has to offer.
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