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An Old Man Sitting Under A Tree

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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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Old Poems: 212 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: modern
Bernard F. Asuncion 09 November 2017

Wow such a brilliant write filled with wisdom.....congrats for being chosen....10+++

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Edward Kofi Louis 09 November 2017

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

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 09 November 2017

A nice write with a meaningful message. Youth could learn wisdom from the elderly.

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Sy Wong 09 November 2017

Many got into trouble because of ignorance..many die also because of ignorant. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations.

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A B Faniki 30 September 2019

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

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Brian Taylor 27 May 2019

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.

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Qiniso Mogale 29 May 2019

I thank you dear poet.

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Chinedu Dike 29 March 2018

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

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Lea- Beima Dorestin 09 November 2017

Direct and precise Well done!

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Rini. 09 November 2017

Congratulations for poem of the day Quiniso.. Nicely written

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