Chance wisdom





Lostness   (96)



Answers may seem diminished
by a taint
of retrospective obviousness.

What I need are fewer facts
yet greater power
to mould emotions
round the known:

a self controlling
my own moods.

Not faking superficial coolness

(useful once
for youth’s bold pose)

to cover ego’s hidden wanting
many people’s fond esteem
as fame
that honours
things achieved.


I look across our profit culture
loudly advertising greeds
where vice takes
alibis from virtue
with signs of bright seduction
feigning love.

While speed displaces patience
losing respect for old age
progress breeds swift irritation
at those deemed standing
in its way.


Some rushing flees
a darker side
from boredom’s emptiness.

Or noticing
sad memory binds us

(like cold chains
of tight regrets)

time’s dimension
shaped by loss.


These feelings
drove my seeking
chance wisdom
in libraries.

(Though my quest
with this topic
soon flopped.)


I’ve seen books
on techniques
to remember.


But can’t find

on how
to forget.








(Any art on the blog is mine: I hope you like it.

Comments are very welcome!
My audience is quite small and things get really quiet on here most days, so it’s always nice to hear from people.

Thank you for reading.

I wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!)



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9 thoughts on “Chance wisdom”

    1. Thank you, Wendi!

      I am glad you appreciated it, and also reassured to hear from you:
      because I have been wondering if you were feeling a bit better, now, from last weeks virus?
      I do hope so.

      Wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  1. Oh my… I think of this often. WOULD I opt to forget if there were a way to do it? How could I, when the things I most regret doing are what made me who I am? I know without any doubt that I am a better person, now, for all those days/hours/months/years yearning to go back and do better. Maybe that’s what screw-ups are for…

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    1. Thank you, Patti!

      Apologies for the slight delay: for some strange reason my computer hid this in the spam section (unlike all your other comments) ?!
      Only just found it, since I don’t check there every day, but wait until a few items build up, to delete all at once.

      It’s an excellent comment and I would have approved it straight away had I noticed it yesterday!

      Thank you, very much, for visiting. I hope you will drop by again.

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  2. Great site, your artwork is outstanding. This one in particular, i have done similar and have seen similar by different persons a world apart…(what are we, how does the paradigm enter our mark making) is there a connection between sensitive minds, or does the universe speak through those who can not help being creative.

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