Qiniso Mogale

Gold Star - 16,133 Points (25 September 1978 / Dvokolwako Swaziland)

An Old Man Sitting Under A Tree - Poem by Qiniso Mogale

An old man sitting under a tree
Sees much further than a boy
standing on top of a tree
An old man sittting at the bottom of a mountain
sees further than a boy standing on top of a mountain
The old man has acquired unmatched wisdom
The boy thinks foolishness is wisdom.

When the old man offers advice
The boy laughs mockingly
When the boy grows taller than the father
He thinks that he is now older than the father
That's why most of the youth are in graves
That's why most of the youth are in prisons
That's why most of the youth lie critically in hospitals
That's why many die young
That's why many wont experience old age
They refuse to listen to old men
They scorn the advice of old men
Standing on top of a tree a boy mistakenly believes
that he sees further than an old man sitting under the tree.

Topic(s) of this poem: modern


Comments about An Old Man Sitting Under A Tree by Qiniso Mogale

  • (9/30/2019 10:46:00 PM)

    An insighful ballad tganks for sharing I enjoyed it a lot. Great write and message in this poem (Report)Reply

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  • Brian  Taylor (5/27/2019 11:25:00 AM)

    Great poem! It is well written and the message is understood of a old man sitting under a tree who's more experienced and wiser than a boy sitting on top of a tree who's not. (Report)Reply

    (5/29/2019 12:24:00 PM)

    I thank you dear poet.

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  • Jez Brul (4/18/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    This is such a wisdom-filled poem...It teaches humility and gaining insights from our elders...10++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (3/29/2018 9:20:00 AM)

    Sagacity of old age is beautifully and appealingly captured in the poem. A great piece of work, focused and factual. Thanks for sharing Qiniso. (Report)Reply

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  • Lea- Beima Dorestin (11/9/2017 10:22:00 PM)

    Direct and precise
    Well done!
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  • (11/9/2017 9:18:00 PM)

    Congratulations for poem of the day Quiniso.. Nicely written (Report)Reply

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  • (11/9/2017 5:39:00 PM)

    Wisdom is very valuable. Thanks for sharing your poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul Reza (11/9/2017 2:54:00 PM)

    Sees much further than a boy, excellent written, congrats and thanks for sharing the poem with us (Report)Reply

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  • Sarah Persson (11/9/2017 2:54:00 PM)

    I love this poem about wisdom in the older man. Well deserved Poem of theday, congratulations (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/9/2017 1:38:00 PM)

    Wow such a brilliant write filled with wisdom.....congrats for being chosen....10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/9/2017 12:32:00 PM)

    The Youth! ! They refuse to listen to advice! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (11/9/2017 12:03:00 PM)

    A nice write with a meaningful message. Youth could learn wisdom from the elderly. (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (11/9/2017 9:26:00 AM)

    Wisdom comes with age. Nicely written. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/9/2017 3:17:00 AM)

    a poem with good advice for those young people that would like to grow old? ..............wonderfully written Qiniso (Report)Reply

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  • (11/9/2017 2:27:00 AM)

    congratulations Young should listen to old. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/9/2017 1:47:00 AM)

    Many got into trouble because of ignorance..many die also because of ignorant.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/9/2017 12:35:00 AM)

    Congratulatios dear Qiniso for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Chris Embrick (10/14/2017 11:15:00 AM)

    So true of today's society. They try to reshape the world without the wisdom to do so. They are arrogant and will not listen and learn from those of the past or present. They refuse the Wisdom Giver. Very revealing and sadly true. Thanks my dear friend.10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • Michael Hopkins (10/14/2017 9:07:00 AM)

    So much truth in this poem. Youth no longer listen to the elders and as you described so clearly we have many social ills. Bravo. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/14/2017 8:37:00 AM)

    An old man seating at the bottom of a mountain under a tree thinking so much and boy interacts. Amazing modern story poem is brilliantly presented is perceptional...10 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 14, 2017


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