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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is This Not Wisdom

They say that wisdom comes
with age, that it is knowledge
gained over time, through
life's experiences,
yet...

when you catch the wonder
in the eyes of a small child
as he examines the
delicate lines and
soft colors of
a butterfly

or when his stride hesitates
to sip in the beauty of the
solitary rose in Mom's
flowerbed

or she unearths the vines,
roots and all, of Dad's
prize pumpkin, just
to see what makes
it grow so much
bigger than all
the others

she runs excitedly in declaring,
"Mom, the skies on fire!"
you step out to behold
the most vibrant sunset
you have ever
seen

I ask you then...
is this not a wisdom
that so many of us
can learn from?

Petrina Lesko
September 2011

12 comments:

kaykuala said...

Petrina,
Certainly! It is wisdom in all its wonders. Wisdom nurtured through the wonders and pleasures of discoveries! Great thinking and great verses!

Hank

Kay L. Davies said...

You are so right! Looking at the world through the eyes of a child can teach us so many things: wisdom, patience, wonder, awe, appreciation and, if we are fortunate, gratitude.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mama Zen said...

This is exquisite.

Ed Pilolla said...

she would not qualify it as wisdom. only the aged would, which brings this full circle. great stuff.

ds said...

Wonder-full, and exactly true.

~L said...

my, oh my ... how I agree to the fullest! I think the more we grow and the more we see evil in the world, the more we experience hurts the more our emotions of grief and sorrow grow... as we grow the doubt our faith is starved we we become less mindful of the beauty surrounding us and lost in a sea of hurt and a crazy rushed life we make for ourselves as we fall into the pattern of this world.... It's a microwave world... we forgot how slow cooking tastes so much better and how we appreciate the time and love put into it. GREAT POST!

Salem Lorot said...

Yes, we the adults who pride ourselves to be the sole owners of knowledge have been caught flat-footed with this whisper of staggering truth. I so love the 'wisdom' in the poem.

get zapped said...

this touched me deeply. Thank you.

Happy Autumn!!

John McElveen said...

I BOW Down--Perfection!!!!

Hugs,

John

Mary Ann Potter said...

Pablo Picasso said this: "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." It is that sense of constant surprise and complete delight that we see in children. May we all have those traits in full measure!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

This poem is so wise. Beautiful and wise. :)

Tarang Sinha said...

A child can be thoughtful sometimes. Nice piece of writing.