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Some men are afraid of ignorance
They go about the land seeking truth
Opening their eyes to the filthiest of things
Wanting to know everything they can
They will never be fooled
Their knowledge will open others as well
Where the truth lies, ignorance lies also
Like a child longing for acknowledgement
Some fight blindly toward it
In hope to destroy it with their own two hands
Instead, it blooms elsewhere and grows
The truth shows us where the evil is
It exists as we do and lives as we live 
If evil in the man's eye does not exist
The absence of ignorance is a lie

Some men instead embrace ignorance
They stay where they are, content as ever
Their eyes see and their ears hear
Their desire to know is dull
The current takes them where it may
Truths are all but happenings
Their present is their pedestal
But the truth is still there
Walking in a dangerous dark
Calling on direction and value
Like a starved child screaming for sustenance
Like a father waiting to chastise his son
Ignorance is never ignored by them
It becomes their god
Can embracing ignorance, then, be a sin?

But even the treasure of truth can kill

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  1. Date: 6/13/2013 11:39:00 AM
    reminds me of my seven sins poems i think ignorance is bliss but i am very inqisitive maybe only to what we want to know good write very insightful xxx davidscott

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 6:06:00 PM
    How did you happen to come to understand the world like this? I wonder if ignorance is selfishness. This is very thought provoking. You keep making me think about this world of ours. I hope you are blessed with peace and love. They are in short supply these days but can still be found.

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 11:53:00 PM
    Such a profound piece, and you explored it thoroughly, showing us all angles. The truth is still the truth no matter if you are aware of it or not. Like a starved child screaming for sustenance/Like a father waiting to chastise his son... what an awesome image that is.. and it's SO true! Truth demands to be noticed and believed in... just as much it demands to chasten those that have gone astray from it. An outstanding poem!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:58:00 PM
    This is a deep poem!!! Very powerful!!!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:55:00 PM
    Love this! So true and beautifully written!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:40:00 AM
    As hungry wolves .... hunting .... but what they hunt for .... evil ... (?). - A good and deeply written poem Laura - I have a small question that I send on the S-mail to you. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 4/23/2013 7:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much for reading Anne-Lise!
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:10:00 PM
    Hello Laura, I want to know these men, who are afraid of ignorance. :-) ... down here in my little town, all men embrace ignorance..LOL... they love the danger side. i love the interest and question in this poem. always ~Linda

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 4/22/2013 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'd say those afraid of ignorance are pretty adventurous themselves!~Glad you enjoyed reading. Fly on, PD! ~Laura
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:34:00 PM
    Hmmm...good question. You totally F-ed me up with this one...haha. Now I'm trying to catergorize myself. Darn you, Laura! Naw, I think I'm as simple or as complex as I want to be...ignorance aside. After all, I'm just a dumb country boy!...;) What if you are too ignorant to embrace your ignorance?...then what?! Great poetry, Laura.

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 4/22/2013 1:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Watch out! That kinda thinking will make your head explode! Hahahah! I love you, Caleb, you're hilarious! ~Laura