Elizabeth Poem by R. G. Bell

Elizabeth

Rating: 4.8


Recorded somewhere’s something like this,
“A scientist is one who knows
Nearly all of nearly nothing.
A salesman is one who knows
Nearly nothing of nearly all.”

Elizabeth’s a scientist
Of history and prophecy.
She knows, with knowledge most complexed,
All that the doctor said last week
And all she fears he might say next.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Brian Purdy 24 January 2012

Distinctly amusing and certainly well-crafted... but.... doctor of prophesy... hmmm... does the beast exist? I don't really think Nostradamus would count but perhaps the Englishman, Dr. John Dee, or one of several Islamic mathematician-philosopher-seekers-after-gold whose names I never can recall? In any case, thanks for this. Cerebral humor on PoemHunter, who would've guessed it? - Bep.

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Kelly Kurt 10 April 2015

Covering the terrible fear that a little knowledge can elicit, with a little humor. I liked it

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Briony Nicholls 28 June 2014

This is a lovely sounding poem but the first stanza just doesn't make sense to me. I've tried and tried to work out its meaning but without success. The poem does however sound like something out of first year Philosophy at University - authoritative with sharp logic & reasoning qualities.

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Shahzia Batool 16 June 2014

what a lovely poem! powerful humor...the title is arresting as i thought to see who Elizabeth is, and found an interesting poem!

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Eindaray Kyaw 03 September 2012

A scientist is one who knows Nearly all of nearly nothing. A salesman is one who knows Nearly nothing of nearly all.” I like this verse....How wonderful! !

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Smoky Hoss 06 April 2012

I just found this fine poem of yours R.G., and truly like it.

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