man’s wisdom

De invites us to post a quick quadrille at dVerse poets pub


we dabble in exploration,

attempting to map what we’ve

experienced of the wide world

but, like pre-Columbian charts

before discovery of a new world,

our lines meander meaninglessly

and our foolish cartography needs

drastic revision upon further research

and confirmation of actual reality

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    May 04, 2023 @ 16:02:33

    Words both witty and wise.


  2. Mother Wintermoon
    May 03, 2023 @ 11:04:13

    Last three lines! Love it!


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 02, 2023 @ 13:30:55

    There is always more to discover beyond what we know today.


  4. merrildsmith
    May 02, 2023 @ 06:02:52

    I also love “dabble in exploration.” But you summed it up at the end
    “our foolish cartography needs
    drastic revision upon further research
    and confirmation of actual reality”

    I appreciate a poem that works in “pre-Columbian charts” and cartography. 😉


  5. paeansunplugged
    May 02, 2023 @ 00:26:09

    So well said, Lynn! Couldn’t agree more.


  6. rothpoetry
    May 01, 2023 @ 21:46:02

    Very well done! I like the idea that maps always seem to be in need of revision!


  7. Grace
    May 01, 2023 @ 19:56:44

    Good one Lynn. Drastic revisions and more revisions are needed. Not all will accept the changes though sadly.


  8. Becoming His Tapestry
    May 01, 2023 @ 19:33:07

    That’s so true, we are limited in our thinking


  9. Helen
    May 01, 2023 @ 18:50:25

    Actual reality is a hard pill to swallow some days .. your quadrille brings the point home. Well done!


  10. Tzvi Fievel
    May 01, 2023 @ 18:15:36

    Seeking… “confirmation of actual reality,” in this postmodern world, wherein consensus is nil, is challenging today. I try to follow the map of the Great Cartographer.


  11. kim881
    May 01, 2023 @ 15:33:29

    You’ve summed up man’s wisdom in 44 words, Lynn. If only they’d paid attention to woman’s wisdom. I like the alliterative phrases ‘our lines meander meaninglessly’ and ‘foolish cartography’.


  12. msjadeli
    May 01, 2023 @ 15:26:44

    Lynn, truer words were never spoken.


  13. whimsygizmo
    May 01, 2023 @ 15:18:36

    All too true! Love that “dabble in exploration,” though! Getting there is half the fun, right?


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