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Wisdom can't be taught

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Below is the poem entitled Wisdom can't be taught which was written by poet Peter Duggan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Wisdom can't be taught

Wisdom can’t be taught

I used to read the whole day long
I read so many book
My house was filled with literature
And everywhere you’d look
These books were there in mountains
That’s all I yearned to do
Fill my head with useless words
And all non-fiction too.

Psychology, Philosophy, 
Mythology, I would read
I’d read the stuff by holy men
It seemed to fill a need
I filled my mind with so much stuff
And then one day I thought
What be the use of all of this
The truth it can’t be taught.

And so I gave my books away
And I learned to meditate
I learned to look within my self
I loved it, it was great
I learned the things I need to know
Without those ancient books
Cause in the end the truth will come
By taking just one look.

So now I have no need to read
I feel the peace in me
As I walk with nature each new day
And feel the harmony
And all the answers come to me
All questions be for naught
One only has to stop the mind
For wisdom can’t be taught.

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:12:00 PM
    although i love to read (more for escape than anything else), i think you've written a very wise poem here and i agree with you about finding answers within ourselves. i especially love the last verse about feeling the "peace in me."

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 1:55:00 PM
    Ah....one of my favorites from you Peter.but I do like to read occasionally when the weather is too bad to be outside...have you read Washington Irving's Westminster Abbey? One of my favorite short stories by him....my fav author....:-) again awesome poem !!!!! To favs!!!!!!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 12/12/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Donna, I too like to read especially books that are enlightening and spiritual. But I used to read a lot, but never work on my inner self. Now I just read for inspiration. I might see if I can find this book you speak about. I appreciate your kind comments....peter
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 12/12/2013 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This poem kinda reminds me of the story in a round about way...
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 11:23:00 AM
    A fact too many "geniuses" fail to understand; wonderfully shared Peter. Wonderfully!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 12/12/2013 4:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for your kind comments FJ they are appreciated as always....peter
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 12:55:00 AM
    This sure is a great write Peter, wisdom cant be taught but i still like to read now and then, good stuff,blessings Carl

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 12/12/2013 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carl, I still read a bit, but I used to think that I could gain wisdom by other peoples words, so I read a billion spiritual books instead of doing the inner search. I appreciate you comments, my friend....peter