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(1997 / Townsville, Australia)

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Simpler Minds

Beside a lake I pondered,
Why, it was some time ago.
The water seemed dormant in
A deceiving status quo;
Gently by, a bird wandered -
Fresh, like wind through a meadow.
White, she was a pelican,
Unperturbed by all below -
Not a hint of fear or angst
Did she seem to bear or show.
More poised than a man who fears heights
She was - that bird, white as snow.
Her ignorance remains her strength,
Hence my flaw is all I know:
The immense knowledge I boast
Is both a friend and a foe:
For it is clear to me that
Simpler minds are free of woe.
And I have learnt all of this
From that pelican, long ago…

Submitted: Saturday, February 15, 2014


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  • Jack Growden (3/26/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    Thanks for your feedback! It is appreciated. I would enjoy more of your comments on my other work. Thanks, Jack.

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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/26/2014 3:53:00 AM)

    Simpler minds are free of woe.
    And I have learnt all of this
    From that pelican, long ago…

    The very fact of life most of the people are very comfortable to be with...Thank you for sharing..

  • Jack Growden (3/23/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    Thanks Susan, your feedback is excellent. Feel free to like my facebook page to stay up to date with my work. www.facebook.com/jackgrowdenwriting

  • Susan Lacovara (3/22/2014 5:34:00 PM)

    It is in the quiet of a simple mind, unbridled by the rushing onslaught of a million midday cares, that the crafted PEACE fills my drifting daydreams...Your poem a delightful departure from the mundane....Absolutely brilliant display of imagery....PEACE

  • Jack Growden (3/17/2014 8:37:00 PM)

    Thank you Mike! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  • Mike Barrett (3/16/2014 9:34:00 AM)

    As one grows older then dawns the realization that despite alone knows, there is an infinite volume of knowingness yet to be realized. Loved the poem - a 10 on 10.

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