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by Richard Vince

It was a lesson in context; in
Point of view; in presumption.
Even though the words themselves
Returned to my conscious mind only
Yesterday, the wisdom they carried
Became a part of who I am.

Would he be satisfied with
This legacy to me? Would he see
That his brief admonishment to
The boy I was helped to make me
The man I am?

It is easy to assume that
I never really knew him, but
Perhaps those few words told me
All I needed to know.

We appoint ourselves arbiters of
Reality, projecting the universe
Through our personal prisms and
Placing ourselves at the centre.
Seeing is believing when we
Choose which way to look.

How many of us are not taught
The vital lesson, or else
Do not understand that
It applies to the whole world,
To the entire human experience?

We shared only a few years, but
Still he taught me the most
Fundamental wisdom there is;
Perhaps it was enough after all.

06/21/2018

Posted on 07/06/2018
Copyright © 2018 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Dawn Davidson on 07/08/18 at 01:09 AM

very well placed and expressed, a quiet delight, and welling with wisdom's glow..powerful read thanks

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