Thursday, December 26, 2013

651 : The Deficiency of Youth

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Theme Thursday has the prompt 'Youth'.

The Deficiency of Youth

Time,
And hence age,
Gives a wisdom,
An aptitude
To apply 
Skills,
Techniques
Beyond
The functional.
Embracing
The subtleties 
Of which the raw
Mechanical
Energy of youth 
Is completely
Oblivious.
Youth knows how.
Age knows why.
And also—
Why not.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2013
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36 comments:

  1. I'm aged like a fine limburger, and I still don't know why or why not, most of the time. ~

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    1. Funny, I read that as 'hamburger' initially. It's not easy being green.

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  2. And isn't it a shame that the mechanical energy and the knowledge only live together in the one individual for about twenty five seconds. If we are lucky.

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    1. Ah, for the days when I had that sort of stamina!

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  3. Unfortunately, wisdom doesn't always come with age. Sometimes age travels alone! :) See Nigerian scammers, and people who believe in get-rich-quick schemes.

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  4. So true, there again, I am older and wiser, I think?

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    1. Surely you mean "I am older and wiser, I think!"...?

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    2. You're wiser, I'm otherwiser.

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  5. yes... we learn that we don't have to do necessarily everything that we have the skills to do... def. a process to learn to step back sometimes as well...

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    1. There is a wisdom in not doing everything within your abilities…I am sure I could eat a raw oyster if I had to but why?

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    2. Rev. Dodgson.December 28, 2013

      "O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
      "You've had a pleasant run!
      Shall we be trotting home again?'
      But answer came there none--
      And this was scarcely odd, because
      They'd eaten every one.

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    3. I have no difficulty with walruses eating oysters.

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  6. I loved this, J Cosmo. Thoughtful and wise. Yes, by a certain age and level of experience we definitely should know the why not. If not, I guess we aren't as grown up as we believe.

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  7. Very sensible thoughts, J.C. I admire the energy of the young, something that is slipping from my life a bit. Older and wiser? Perhaps. When I can remember things.

    Peace and joy!

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    1. Someone said: of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

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  8. I am being of the opinion that I am being both ageless and of the incomparable wisdom that is the natural heritage of the princess.

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    1. Inbreeding not withstanding, of course.

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    2. Can you be both ageless and embody the wisdom of the ages?

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    3. Surely, the princess is proof that you can't? Mind you, her breasts seem to have aged well, defying both gravity and wind erosion.

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    4. Are you saying that she is the titular leader of the Channa Dahl?

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  9. I vote for the wisdom and survival value of well-aged beef!

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    1. Well she is a silly OLD moo. so that says something, surely?

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  10. A very interesting poem dear Cosmo, unfortunately wisdom does not always come with age.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Hey! I represent that remark!

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    2. Every thing you do is brilliant.

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    3. No, but my Mum is not the only woman with good taste.

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