Mary Havran

. Ignorance Be Bliss

If Ignorance be Bliss
One may not seek for this
But if Intelligence is Unwise
One might not choose such prize
Without Wisdom Mercy is naught
Leaving Conscience as peril fraught
For Wisdom grows best by Mercy fed
These two in turn by Conscience are lead
When Intelligence and Wisdom don’t marry
Empathy and Love shall never nearby tarry
One schooled, in the college of living, knows
The ready distance Kindly Compassion goes
Though, by Knowledge, one may find Light
Learning does not instill an unlimited Right
To deny other humans their separate choice
If opposing ideas they do sometimes voice
For Learning would be but a hollow start
If Knowledge be lacking in having Heart
When Heart has defined its own Bliss
Intellect would ere to challenge this
Prudence, therefor, persists
That Ignorance be Bliss

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 24, 2008

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  • Mamta Agarwal (10/30/2008 4:10:00 AM)

    amazing insight and expression - so rhythmic, philosophical. a classic indeed.
    MAMTA

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  • Sreelekha Premjit (3/12/2008 4:53:00 AM)

    A truly amazing piece of work. Wish you could tutor me into writing so well....

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  • Sydney Love (3/11/2008 10:06:00 PM)

    excellent poem!
    such a strong message, and it is beautifully woven together in an intricate mannor.

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  • Al Ramos (2/23/2008 10:26:00 PM)

    Mary Mary quite contrary, who knew you weren't ordinary. An artist at hand with words for a paint brush. Bravo

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  • Erhard Hans Josef Lang (2/19/2008 9:51:00 PM)

    I am inclined to make this poem of yours part of my credo.

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  • Duncan Wyllie (2/2/2008 5:44:00 AM)

    Woah! where did this come from, you are such a fine writer Mary
    I read this and thought, hey, wisdom is not dead, it lives and breathes through the heart of others still

    An amazing poem Mary

    Love duncan X

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  • Res John BurmanRes John Burman (2/1/2008 11:55:00 AM)

    Lovely, Mary, Thank you ~ R

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  • Melvin BanggollayMelvin Banggollay (1/31/2008 8:57:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. Its really true, better to be wise that too inteligent ot intellectual for knowledgeable people who knew everything under the sun does not mean they have the right and prudent wisdom in their heart, mind and soul.

    best wishes,
    melvin

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  • Janice Wabencki (1/29/2008 6:33:00 PM)

    I love this... so kewl how it comes back around to the begining.

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  • Sydney Kerr (1/29/2008 3:07:00 AM)

    This is an incredible poem, easily my favorite poem that hasn't come from a publication, (unless this has been published before, if not it should be) The last six lines are my favorite, the rhythm and flow is just perfect.

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  • Thad Wilk (1/27/2008 10:02:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing this unique and eloquently written poem Mary love it! ! *10*!
    Best regards, Friend Thad

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  • Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (1/24/2008 3:28:00 PM)

    A lot of wisdom in well executed verse.

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