Scarecrow’s Requisite

Scarecrow’s Requisite …


There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
Though it’s all ignorance, until understood.
I well recollect these misgivings, and pledge
To teach, to learn, to endow what is good.

Though who am I, to fashion those choices.
I say, don’t seek the wise, but what they’ve sought
For wisdom is nothing, less it has choice
And what you will choose will become your thought.

Like the scarecrow’s in the cornfield whose skin sears,
The farmer has yet to fathom his caress.
“*Knowledge without character,” though austere,
Is a requisite still, we cannot address.

Not all of our problems need resolution
Though one can learn the solution to most
And intellect can cavort with institution
Once rational thinking outplays the host

Life is not as tidy as poetry
It is hard to decipher the untruths
We cannot rely on ingenuity
Then who would stand for these deplorable truths

To be mindful, one must shed certain passions,
One must dismiss surefire evils and desires.
Too much knowledge can be deadly, like ashes,
Even the smallest straw can ignite the fire.


Paul Neglia
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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

5 thoughts on “Scarecrow’s Requisite

  • May 10, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Another thought provoking piece, Paul. Life really isn’t as tidy as poetry, perhaps thats why I write…trying to organize it all. Ha!
    ‘intellect can cavort with institution’ great line, amongst many here, to consider. Enjoyed it. Well done.


    • May 16, 2017 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you so much Mel. Im glad you enjoyed this offering.

  • May 13, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    A nice write , Paul, and much to reflect on. The burning scarecrow images are effective too.

    • May 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

      Thank you so much John. Sometimes too much knowledge is dangerous, and it i,s better to be a scarecrow in a field obvious to most. Thank you again John.

  • May 25, 2017 at 5:01 AM

    If ’twere so easy to gain concurrent footholds in life, there would be no edging and hedging about. While the outer becomes our awareness, it is (as is so adeptly pointed in your words) our interior (s) which take control (although ever changing). Enjoyable, and taut (taught!)


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