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I cannot say that I’ve grown wise
through all my passing years.
Yet one can surely win apprise
with open eyes and ears.
I see ego garbed as majesty
blurting nonsense called opinion
and hapless pawns of travesty, 
misled by such dominion.
Then pride, that common drivel,
pours like rain into my ears.
Heralding the frivol—
playing on our fears.
Wise and precious minds
soar higher than the rest.
Overlooked, disparaged and maligned,
shame they’re oft suppressed.
By wise enthralled and fools appalled,
these two of diverse kind.
How is it then they’ll be recalled?
By what they leave behind.

Copyright © Mark Peterson | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 1/30/2017 11:19:00 PM

    "Wise and precious minds soar higher than the rest. Overlooked, disparaged and maligned, shame they’re oft suppressed", wow how true and clever. Awesome poem here in enviably superb flow and rhyming. Your phrasing artsy and elegant as well, 'ego garbed as majesty' touches on the human condition. Kudos eminent poet. Nice to read from your pen again , I hope u will too my latest. And hapy new yr.
  1. Date: 1/28/2017 6:21:00 PM

    Good one mark. One thinks of Hitler, then perhaps Jesus. Two men with legacies larger than life. One supremely wise, the other a pathetic fool
  1. Date: 1/24/2017 2:25:00 PM

    Such words can only come from a man of wisdom, dear. :) Lovely poem. Good to read...Hugs
  1. Date: 1/22/2017 9:14:00 AM

    "By wise enthralled and fools appalled." Right on! Nice to read someone who has something to say relevant to our times. Enjoyed this one by a fine poet. daver
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 9:24:00 PM

    the ending on this is awesome. By what they've left behind. I love that!!
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 6:17:00 PM

    Such an entertaining write, you are a wise man indeed Mark ... I guess I'll just leave behind a mountain of poop poetry lol:-) hugs Jan xx7
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 10:18:00 AM

    Mark, Wisdom, more precious than rubies--Your words soar above also! 7 My best to you, chuck
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 7:37:00 AM

    I can assure you, Mark, that you have not wasted your years, and life's experiences have made you wiser! I would be happy to be remembered for a little bit of good than for being proud and egoistic! Regards // paul
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 5:43:00 AM

    Wise people always leave behind a true legacy x
  1. Date: 1/20/2017 10:20:00 PM

    Ha ha, this was a blast to read. Introspective and entertaining.:0) A worthy 7.
  1. Date: 1/20/2017 11:31:00 AM

    Fantastic poem - Fantastic wisdom! Really enjoyed this one, Mark. All the best - Cheers! :) john
  1. Date: 1/10/2017 6:46:00 PM

    Mark, I think about that every time I hear a quote from a poet. Poets from ages ago still have their words repeated and it gives me hope. Not that I am comparing myself, but if my family and friends alone remember me by my words then it will all be worth any time expended. I enjoyed your poem very much. I hope this will be a wonderful year for you. Blessings, Connie ; )