James Tipp

Rookie - 408 Points (20-06-1945 / East London)

Drowning In My Own Ignorance - Poem by James Tipp

I feel that I am drowning in my own ignorance
Lost in sea of information that I never knew.
I considered that I had a doctorate in life
But realise that I have not even learnt to read.
In my world I have risen to the top or near the top
Regarded as ‘successful’ clever even.
The world is said to be so small yet it is so big
Millions of people living different lives, so different
I sit within my living room and travel, via the TV
I see a world were my values are meaningless
My priorities so infantile and silly
They have little to do with the meaning of life.
My understanding of life is so limited to my tiny world
I cannot rationalise my feelings of having knowledge
In the light of my own self knowledge,
I feel inadequate, based on the reality that,
All learning should lead to greater humility.
For the more I know, the more I realise
I am drowning in my own ignorance.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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