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first important thing
he learned
he learned from his mother's
love of reading.

it began with huck.

first important thing
he learned at college
he learned from the professor
whose affection he won
when he read
machiavelli's the prince:

best way to get an education,
he learned,
was to live in a town
with a good library.

first important thing
he learned from books
was to question what he learned
in school.

ultimately he learned
he would not live long enough
to learn all things
he would like to know,

including himself.


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Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/12/2009
Excellent poem,take care

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 2/9/2009
Your poem is the path of knowledge
then embraced by wisdom &
Wonderful realizations too
Much Love & Inspirations
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 2/8/2009
You seem to have written about my husband's grandfather, he was such a man, learned everything he knew from the books in a Library, he was a very wise and awesome man. I love this Gene!
Reviewed by blue soplain 2/7/2009
egads. .. . the insIght of t.his is so eloquent and epic.....a sojourn of soft introspection that never truly leaves a real learner. . .. embedding. . .
i could eat books and always be hungry.
devouring the devout things, soft page upon page.
ink on my tongue.
tattoo'd spines.
> <
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/6/2009
There is much wisdom in what you have shared via your verses here, Gene. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/6/2009
Beautiful work, my friend. Enjoyed this very much
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 2/5/2009
Wow!!! You are walking in my mind with this one Gene. I wish I had written that :-)

Write on!!!

Reviewed by David Hightower 2/5/2009
Gene - Thought-provoking poem. The understated expression, as John pointed out, perfectly suits the subject. I remember the realization that there is a difference in "learning" and "education." Loved the ending:

ultimately he learned
he would not live long enough
to learn all things
he would like to know,

including himself.

On the bright side, we'll learn our whole lives and perhaps beyond.
Keeps things new and interesting. - David

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/5/2009
Gene, this is wonderful...your last stanza makes it perfect!
Reviewed by Ofira Sephiroth (Reader) 2/4/2009
Very true...when never find the important answers in life (our true selves) until it's too late but the learning process is the most important part of the journey. Great write.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/4/2009
The strength here lies in the direct, no-frills no-fluff expression, each stanza with its own point and weight, an elegant exploration of the journey each of us has to make in some way if we are to think and learn at all. This is serious, sane, and very fine.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 2/4/2009
learning, a journey we make on our own -- a journey that keeps on giving, minute by minute, until we are no longer in it -- very philosophical poem Gene -- the last line, I sometimes wonder if we really want to know everything about ourselves -- a little mystery in anything adds spice -- an enjoyable read with lessons to all, even the old guys -- who might they be? -- much peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 2/4/2009
Love the ending here.. and how true it is! May I keep finding out new things about myself until the day I breathe my last..))

Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/4/2009
Oh how true, a good library is a must...
It's all about reading, Gene, you're so right.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/4/2009
No kidding. This is very insightful as usual. Another winner. Very again.Don't wish to sound pedantic but can't help it. Darn, you're good. Hugs and chuckles, J'nia
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 2/4/2009
What a great read Gene...learning should be a journey that
starts and ends with us
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 2/4/2009
Wow so true Gene, I love this and as I started to read I thought he will never live long enough to know who he is. Thank you Gene for sharing. I asked my children who their Mother and Father were one day and they looked at me like I had ten heads so I wrote an article for all five of them called "Who's Your Mommy and Who's you Daddy" now they know just who we are but they may never know themselves as well. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by F William Broome 2/4/2009

I like what you write... and the way it's written. Life is a difficult road without learning at every turn. The younger one of today are in for shocks when they discover that much of what they've learned is useless, and what they haven't, is expensive and embarrassing. I wish I had something to offer that you haven't learned, but........ - Bill
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/4/2009
No words spoken truer & with regards the last two lines, doesn't that suck...Ed
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 2/4/2009
For as long as we are in this world, every step we take is a learning experience...

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/4/2009
Isn't that the truth!! Now if only we could teach our children to not question their parents... hee, hee... while teaching them to question what they learn in school and what they learn from books... :~)
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/4/2009

This is so true. We will never live long enough to learn as much as we would like. Life is short.

Reviewed by Bonnie May 2/4/2009
Every teen should read this very wise and terrific write for it touches a deep seeded drive to learn and keep and hugs, Bonnie
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