to Nicholas Maxwell, philosopher
If wisdom is discernment as to what
Is of most value to be realized,
You, being wise, please say what makes the cut,
For we, the foolish, need to be advised.
Please, sir, we pray you be particular
In all the thorny matters, great and small,
For we would gladly rather make than mar,
Yet without counsel shall most likely fall.
Pray tell us what is best in governance,
And what economy most serves the world,
And how to make our hearts and spirits dance
And other secrets apt to be unfurled.
We promise we’ll endeavor to grow wise,
But meanwhile, kindly say what you advise.