Arthur Guiterman: “On The Vanity Of Earthly Greatness” (YouTube)


On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness


The tusks that clashed in mighty brawls

Of mastodons, are billiard balls.

The sword of Charlemagne the Just

Is Ferric Oxide, known as rust. 

The grizzly bear, whose potent hug,

Was feared by all, is now a rug.

Great Caesar’s bust is on the shelf,

And I don’t feel so well myself.


Written by Arthur Guiterman


Read by Jean Aked