for Daniel R. DeNicola
To nourish, flourish and then realize
The fruits of education is the aim
Of Academe—finally to grow wise—
As sages and philosophers proclaim.
Contentment, bliss and happiness elude
Those who don’t resolutely seek and strive
To find the ultimate beatitude,
But merely sleep and feed to stay alive.
To educate is to draw out what lies
Within—inchoate, latent, impotent—
Potentials we have yet to realize,
Which myths and scriptures say are heaven sent.
The aim of higher learning is to birth
What’s great in us, and demonstrate its worth.