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Respect For Elders
The world has gone and left behind
My simple antiquated mind,
And here I sit moping around,
A book needing to be rebound.
Its contents are of importance,
An old but firm and solid stance
On what the world should strive to be,
But now no one listens to me.
Because the world has moved and changed,
Things have been dusted, rearranged
In rooms that used to feel like home
Scholars' ghosts no longer roam.
Left to die forgotten deaths,
Sunken into deeper depths,
As the unappreciative
Trod on the innovative.
The wisest man's philosophy
Is passed along to you and me
As common knowledge for the day,
No respect paid to where he lay.
With each enlightened step we take,
With every wise choice that we make,
We owe a debt to he who gave
His life, so step around his grave.
© 2014 Nicholas Emeigh
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Part of the group "Record-A-Poem," and part of the Playlist "The Poetry of Nicholas Emeigh" which includes 40+ other poems.
Notes: This poem was written on Monday, April 14, 2014. It's about being an educated person looking at the new generation coming up having no idea about the history of the wisdom they consider common knowledge. What's worse, they don't care. So, this poem is about paying respect and learning that there's a debt to be paid to those who came before you who made your life a little easier.
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