On Sociology

Patrick Heron tate.org.uk

Patrick Heron tate.org.uk

A wise man
spends his time
at a window dreaming
of a world beyond his sight
contemplating tensions
holding together
life’s fabric

While a fool
draws numbers
from a magician’s hat
to play this month’s Lotto
confident next month
he’ll be driving
the Jaguar

The rich man
studies his image
in a mirror rehearsing
a speech to his directors
to cheat his competitor
on the golf course
by a trick ball

The poor man
will ask the wise for
a window`washing job
Ask the fool to wax his car
The rich to be his caddie
All will ask him why
he’s still so poor

“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” ~ Sholem Aleichem


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to On Sociology

    • Yes, I am the dreamer, but I cannot claim to be The Wise Man, nor would I aspire to be The Fool or The Rich or The Poor . . . Thanks for taking the moment to comment. It means a lot . . .


  1. I think there’s a piece of them all in each of us


  2. better is a dry crust with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife… Proverbs 17:1

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