What is knowledge worth without the wisdom to use it?

(The old god Odin had two tame ravens called Hugin and Munin who flew around the world and gathered news that they reported to him every night.)


I walked my kids to school through snow-lit streets
we walked and talked the way we do, those mornings
when the shoe fit and we all got out of bed on the right side

they took the short-cut of course, the slippery one I do not like to use
apple-cheeked and clear-eyed they ducked under snow-covered boughs
and disappeared with a cheery "See you on the other side"

and of course we did and then I could not hold your hand anymore
'cause you are big now and the other kids will see
and we waved good-bye and have a nice day and that was that

as I walked back home I took another short-cut, my own,
through the woods, where my kids will not go
and heard the raven clunking and clicking his comments on all to-do

what news have you gathered about me and my kind today,
what will you tell your master when you give him your report,
he who gave up an eye for wisdom at the well so very long ago?

Poetry by Åsa Andersson
Read 566 times
Written on 2013-12-10 at 09:24

dott Save as a bookmark (requires login)
dott Write a comment (requires login)
dott Send as email (requires login)
dott Print text

I think he would have only good news to report. The ravens are ominous, but there is nothing the least bit ominous in your words. Just the opposite, simple love, and a little time for yourself on your own shortcut. It's all good.

This gentle world you create seems a little out of synch with the rest of the world. Maybe you've found a quiet corner, and that is a very good thing I think.

Chaucer Whethers The PoetBay support member heart!
The olden myths, when the wise of the tribes had time to distill
The truths from essences of family, tribal, cultural experiences.
Brought to mind.

ngaio Beck
Bittersweet,but beautiful.

This is very endearing; it could have been sad but it isn't . . . the wisdom to know that to love our children is to help them become their separate selves.