THE VIRTUES OF THE WISE
for Copthorne Macdonald’s
Those virtues that a prudent person owns:
Compassion that secures our human ties,
Humility that modulates our tones,
The peacefulness of equanimity,
Wonder, joy, humility, insight,
Sound judgment, vision, self-sufficiency,
That generosity which breeds delight,
A positive and up-beat attitude,
Discernment to distinguish what is sound,
A disposition to show gratitude,
An oriented sense of where you’re bound.
There are yet further virtues to attain,
But these should do to keep you safe and sane.