Friday, May 10, 2013


for Copthorne Macdonald

    What human goal is higher than to grow
    Toward wisdom and in every instance know
    Which choice to make, which road or path to take
    Most likely to proceed for goodness’ sake?

    Discerning what’s of value to pursue
    And finding how to do what you must do
    To make your careful way toward that end
    Is what philosophers must comprehend.

    As “wisdom lovers” they should show the way
    And keep all wanderers from going astray,
    Which means avoiding harm and seeking health,
    Then finding kindness is the greatest wealth.

         Philosophers should strive to bring to light
         And put in practice only what is right.