old men and wisdom (freeverse)

The youth live foolishly they say
they must look onto the wise ones
the old have all the answers
but what do they need your wisdom for
Old man
you’ve been a fool your whole life
it is only now
bones brittle,
hair grey,
strength lost,
passions gone,
cut off from experience
in boring leisure
you’ve escaped your foolishness and have grown wise
they should learn like you did
if they took your words to heart
they wouldn’t grow wise
they would be fools in old age
and this world holds no place
For old fools

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sonnychasm

Literature, art, science, travel. Writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry. Always wrestling with language.

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