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Poem: To David, About His Education


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This poem caused me to think of live­fal­con and whom­p­wil­lowa­cad.

To David, About His Education
–by Howard Nemerov

The world is full of most­ly invis­i­ble things,
And there is no way but putting the mind’s eye,
Or its nose, in a book, to find them out,
Things like the square root of Everest
Or how many times Byron goes into Texas,
Or whether the law of the exclud­ed middle
Applies west of the Rock­ies. For these
And the like rea­sons, you have to go to school
And study books and lis­ten to what you are told,
And some­times try to remem­ber. Though I don’t know
What you will do with the mean annu­al rainfall
On Pla­to’s Repub­lic, or the calo­rie content
Of the Diet of Worms, such things are said to be
Good for you, and you will have to learn them
In order to become one of the grown-ups
Who sees invis­i­ble things nei­ther steadi­ly nor whole,
But keeps grave­ly the grand con­fu­sion of the world
Under his hat, which is where it belongs,
And teach­es small chil­dren to do this in their turn.

(from The Col­lect­ed Poems of Howard Nemerov)

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Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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