On Knowing

Jan Partain jypsystudio.blogspot.com

Jan Partain   jypsystudio.blogspot.com

She says
I know it all
Sometimes she means it
as compliment sometimes not
Says it with an equal tone causing
me to look up to her pale eyes
to see a glint of laughter
or sarcasm’s
old sting

We know
what we learn
No more and no less
What punctuation mark we put
following what we think we know
will define our small knowledge
as arrogant or humble
be it a period
or ellipsis

“Of course I know what flannel is,
but that French flannel is napped on only one side
is new to me and a reminder that
no matter what the size the aquarium of one’s learning,
another colored pebble can always be dropped in.” ~ Billy Collins


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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7 Responses to On Knowing

  1. epistemological – love the quote


  2. A period or ellipsis…..makes all the difference…


  3. Cheryl Ruffing says:

    Funny. Ellipses bug me. I want people to commit, but I certainly prefer humility to pride. The thing is: when is humility really not? I find that humble people often turn out to be the most prideful of all.


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