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A Tongue of Wisdom
by Jon Michael Willey
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Wisdom speaks slowly, only after due thought

The tongue of wisdom rests in the cheek

Mistake it not for the tongue of the meek

It observes, ponders, relates,  then seasons

Before it boldly moves to roll with reason

Impetuously wagging tongues seldom seek the why

From mouths with false masks, they too often fly

To ponder, wonder the who, what and when

Is the domain of the noble sage then

Hesitancy is not a role played by the inept

Forays into the unwise should have been kept

Dwelling long in the house of silence

Better than to suffer with costly recompense

The wise tongue will  hang in air, pensive

Rather than wag when foolishness is too expensive

To wag or wag not

Think about it a lot


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2011
I believe that you have shared some wise thoughts that are worthy of reflection, Jon. Thank you, friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/1/2009
It's hard to know when enough is enough sometimes, especially for the female We gals have a gift:) This poem has a playful rhythm that carries throughout. I really like that about it. Hugs,
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 3/24/2009
Good writing about the little tongue which can get you into more trouble than you need. I do not like to gossip with the people downstairs, but sometimes I listen and try to stay out of it. They even ask my opinion and I say, leave me out of it. The tongue can do much harm to others.
Reviewed by Tabitha Carter 12/30/2008
I cannot help but feel the words roll from my tongue when reading this. It has nice flow and rhythm, wagging behind closed lips and needing to be said aloud. I like how it has so much wag or to wag not...brilliant.
Reviewed by Linda Alexander 1/26/2008
Well done, Jon. I'm impressed by your poetic ability . . . you relate a mood w/an economy of rightly-chosen words.

Blessings -- Linda Alexander
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 1/25/2008
Nicely said, but without the usual rhetoric -- think before you speak. You, are definitely one who practices what he preaches. The poem is testiment to that.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/24/2008
Superb poem! brilliant sentiments that show
the best way is always,to think,before you speak...

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