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AN ODE TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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AN ODE TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

I wished to improve on my character so,
I looked for a model to go by.
I studied the habits of men great and tall,
For one who seemed perfect in my eyes.

Men of fine profile and manly physique,
Were the first ones to cross my inspection,
First also dismissed for their physical charms,
Seemed all they had worth admiration;

And those who had money and power were wont,
To flaunt their importance and style,
An hour or two in this comp'ny could last,
A person a long, long while;

And so I explored yet another route,
The highway to high education,
Perhaps here I would find the virtuous man,
One worthy of my adulation.

I read through the tomes of scholars and scribes,
Philosophers, poets and statesmen,
And I never found a doctrine more sound,
Than the one left behind by Ben Franklin.


Benjamin Franklin
1706 - 1790

A statesman and scientist he was also quite a philosopher.
He was considered to be one of the most important figures of his day having been given 
the dubious honor of being asked to sign the Declaration of Independence along with many other great men of that era; making him one of our Founding Fathers.
In doing so he showed great courage because all who signed had a price placed on their 
heads by the Crown of England for treason.
He spent his life in search of knowledge continuously trying to improve himself.
He had the ability to see and recognize his own faults and tried to do something about them. That is something not many people can do.  It's also the reason he had few if any real enemies.
A person could do a whole lot worse than to try to imitate his style.

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  1. Date: 2/26/2012 4:14:00 PM
    you did him very proud with this tribute. IS this for the contest on mavericks? He did SO many things: first library, the book of wise quotes, etc etc, the list is endless.

  1. Date: 2/24/2012 4:50:00 PM
    Good old Ben we have heard of him, way south here in Australia...

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 2/25/2012 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Don. Glad you like it, God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 2/20/2012 5:36:00 AM
    Wow enjoyed this Judy, he was sure a great man, love reading this, going to google and learn more. thank you. harry

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 2/20/2012 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Harry. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 2/19/2012 3:57:00 PM
    Love this informative piece, Judy. Thanks for once again telling me so much about someone I always meant to read about

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 2/20/2012 10:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jack. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 2/18/2012 8:05:00 AM
    A nicely metrical piece with an appropriate and interesting message. Good work.

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 2/18/2012 1:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Larry. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB