What a fool to start this task.
I’ve never been at the top of the class looking down on others.
Sure I’ve always wanted to learn,
Ever conscious of a yearning to erode my ignorance and discover.
Would I recognise cleverness,
And if I could locate its address would I wait patiently outside its gate?
I’m not sure and I hesitate;
Is it a virtue, opposed to hate, or a clever ally of those that exploit?
Maybe cleverness is relative.
It has siblings and gives to some disdain and to others help with their homework.
Maybe its a grand delusion of grandeur.
As Charlie and Algernon found to their cost.
Bright Socrates, I think, once said…
The wise know themselves and instead of pride, wisely recognise their limits.
That fool Goliath, (I do surmise)
Was a clever man in his own eyes, till the thought was pushed from his mind by a humble stone.
Me… Clever, I doubt it.
On Being Clever ©Peter Giles