WISDOM


The wisdom of the aged is a cliché, Father.

It’s a cliché,

But there’s truth to it.

I love to hear their stories:

stories generated by years of experience,

stories inspired by a moment,

stories created in pain or joy,

stories crafted with the care of a poet.

Their wisdom is simple:

Not lost in academic jargon,

excessive analysis,

or complex exposition;

But told as it is or as it was,

unadorned,

authentic.

I can see the narrative

Unfolding behind their eyes

As they recall each event and recount it.

They make no demands,

No ambitious claims Of insight.

It’s up to me to sift and glean

That which brings clarity to me.

Solomon sought wisdom;

I’d like to say that I do too:

But

sometimes

I’m more intent on sharing my wisdom,

Than hearing the wisdom of others.

You are the source of all wisdom.

Make me a learner.

Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. (Proverbs 1: 7, MSG)

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