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Tell Me oh Wise One

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Tell Me oh Wise One

He told me when he was young and spry,
that life was a destination,
so he let the days fly by.
He now tells me, while forgetful and old,
that I shouldn't have listened to him.
"I was a fool not to take it slow."
Well today I'm standing somewhere in between,
perched on a totem pole,
tell me which way should I lean?
After all that's all I've ever done
was ask you, oh great and wise one.
Should I walk? Should I talk?
Should I do this? Should I do that?
Well gee, I can't hardly take a breath
to simply hang up my hat.
In the words of the great Toby Keith, "What about me?"
If all I ever I do is take advice how will I ever achieve true victory?
I shall leave it all behind in search of a reflection,
so that I may see things uncensored
in light of our glorious sun.
Once found, I will scream with all my might,
"What must I do? Tell me, oh wise one!
Surely you if not anyone else must know
how to blow my worries away."
Nothing but stark silence followed
my great outpouring.
But that lack of sound was my therapy
where no voices lead me astray.
Nothing but the presence of God
in the still of morning.

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  1. Date: 6/5/2013 1:51:00 PM

    How the heck are ya, Timothy? Been busy here. This poem is excellent all the way through but MAN!...you nailed that ending.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 6/5/2013 11:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That means so much coming from you! I'm doing great... just got back from a backpacking trip up in the snowy mountains (currently working on the words for my experience)...
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 2:08:00 PM

    Sometimes you have to go your own way. Everyone goes in different directions. I really liked this one, Oh Wise One. ;)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 5/31/2013 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha... thanks! Yes, it's important to not let everyone's thoughts and opinions dictate how you think and the person that you are.
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:52:00 AM

    See comment below

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 7:45:00 AM

    I think He speaks through our heart and conscience Tim, if you follow that you won't go far wrong. Plus He's given you a rare gift to help you along, your poem is proof of that. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 5/30/2013 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well said, Richard. Thanks for the inspiring words and I will try to keep that in mind... sometimes I feel like a different person is talking when I write... it's hard to explain.
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 7:16:00 AM

    Intense! I love the flow of this and how it ended. A very refreshing end.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 5/30/2013 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Drake... one of my more interesting ones... I love reading your comments (they too are refreshing!)...
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 7:12:00 AM

    Change the narrative from what about me to what about you. In today's society especially in North America we live self centered lives, it is all about us us us and us. Living the life of us is probably the biggest contributor to mental ilness because we can never get enough and we never feel good enough.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 5/31/2013 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Tim, it was not a criticism rather a shift of perspective. I think you wrote an excellent poem.
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 5/30/2013 11:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rick... I enjoyed reading this comment very much. To be honest I'm not sure where my head was at when I wrote this... the words just came and I was helpless to stop them. You may interpret in anyway you like, my main message was not to let other peoples opinions drastically change who YOU are.
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal Date: 5/30/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well said Richard
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 4:44:00 AM

    what a wonderful poem so full of truths delightful Tim you have excelled Linda

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks Date: 5/30/2013 11:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda. I appreciate your visit!