Louis Gibbs

THE TRADE OFF

 

With the advancement of age

Comes an interesting phenomenon;

 

What I thought that I Knew

Declines in retrospect.

 

What I begin to Understand

Expands exponentially.

 

It's a curious trade-off that

I find strangely satisfying.

Comments7

  • orchidee

    A fine write Louis.

    • Louis Gibbs

      Thank you so much, 'O'. Hope you are enjoying wedded bliss.

      • orchidee

        Thanks L. Oh no! It's woe and despair, torment! It was that, or marry Shirley from EastEnders (in the UK) - Worzel Gummidge's sister, so I say! You can see both online. lol.

      • Accidental Poet

        Louis, it's a balancing act of what we know and what we thought we knew. As we find things we're not, we also find things we are. I remember when I thought I couldn't write poetry. And then I heard a voice from within. ; )

        • Louis Gibbs

          The voice of the muse ... my experience as well. I never liked or read poetry until twelve years ago when my muse's still small voice broke through. It was at a spiritual retreat ... remember it well. And here we are, poets! Go figure.
          Thanks for your thoughts, AP!

          • Accidental Poet

            Always a pleasure Louis. ; )

          • Fay Slimm.

            Ah - I agree with the alternative to the phrase - "getting old" - -understanding is what we would like to grow into - - a satisfying read Louis.

            • Louis Gibbs

              From the perspective of vast accumulations of lifetimes, lived and yet to be, we all are but babes, aren't we. Hopefully, we learn and understand more as we grow by way of them.
              Thank you, Fay, for your comments and support!

            • Candlewitch

              dear Louis,

              you have beautifully defined the process....very wise!!!

              *hugs, Cat

              • Louis Gibbs

                Thanks so much, Cat. I\'m quite sure that you have experienced the same evolution. Thanks for making it a fav, I'm flattered!

              • FredPeyer

                I love your poem, Louis!
                Are we beginning to understand because we move closer to our souls as we age?
                How incredible would it be if we could recall all the knowledge we gained over many lifetimes!
                Your short poem is so well written, and now seems to careen around in my head.

                • Louis Gibbs

                  I doubt we could handle all the knowledge we've gained over our many lifetimes crammed into but one, as you speculate. Which is surely why we come back with 'partially wiped' memories ... partially wiped in that our souls carry the memories which do, and have for me, bleed through at times in small doses.
                  I hope your head doesn't explode because of me, Fred! That would be a terrible waste of a good mind!

                • lasergraph

                  I am amazed that as we age, our vision may fade, but our ability to see with clarity increases dramatically.

                  • Louis Gibbs

                    Well put, LG! I guess that is the point of experiencing these lifetimes.

                    • Louis Gibbs

                      Yep, he pretty much nailed it!

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                    • Goldfinch60

                      Good write and very true, with experience we can discard the unnecessary.

                      • Louis Gibbs

                        Good way to put it. Thanks, Goldie.



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