LEARNING TO FLOURISH
for Daniel R. DeNicola
Are we humans half empty or half full?
A race of oxymorons, we’re wise fools
Or doltish sages, subject to the pull
Of appetite and passion, flouting rules
Of reason and decorum on a whim,
The urgings of perverse or selfish drives
That make the light of righteousness go dim,
Without which nothing wondrous ever thrives.
For human beings to flourish as we ought
We need to cultivate the wisdom in
Our hearts that may be either taught or caught,
Since wisdom is the way beyond our sin.
For only when we fully realize
Our sapience will Homo saps grow wise.