What trait is most appropriate for age
If not to gain the insight of a sage
And in all deeds at last to realize
The ways and means and ends of being wise?
Sophistication is but sophistry,
The shadow side of apt integrity
And not the essence of what’s truly holy,
Which is not high and mighty—simply lowly.
With modest insight into what is good
And the means to do so rightly understood,
One who is wise will take the prudent course
Foreseeing best how to avoid remorse
And to accomplish what is good for all
And thus, in humble lowliness, stand tall.