Whilst walking in an everglade
I met a sage of certain age
And asked him why and how?
"Sit," he said, "just enjoy the now.
Don't speak those words you already know
Listen instead, and it might show
You something new you never knew.
With careful thought a wise man speaks,
With none at all a fool just bleats."
These few words I sat and pondered.
Silence is golden, so I wondered.
Took his advice and sat quite still
And waited for his words to fill
This still air and peaceful setting
Excited at what I might be getting.
Then from a tree a call I heard
Announcing his presence, a tuneful bird.
The sage took a breath, "The bird is strong,
Those who sing will find a song.
Mistakes you will make, don't be downcast.
Just use it as a lesson.
Guilt will not change the past,
But only ruin the present.
Forgive a child afraid of the dark -
Tragedy, a man who shuns the light."
A dog walked past and gave a bark.
"Just saying hello, he will not bite.
Enough for today, it's time to go."
The sage got up nice and slow
Turned to me and gave a bow.
Left me wondering why and how?