I think of lessons learned in youth... A Poetic Traditions Entry
|The Value of Values
I think of lessons learned in youth
that I've used as guides along my way.
To me, I held them up as truth.
When did the truth become passé?
"Please" and "Thank You" seem forgotten,
simple words that show respect.
Ignore the children acting rotten -
manners are just a defect.
We used to learn from wisdom's holders –
Poe's dark words and Mark Twain's wit.
We no longer stand upon their shoulders.
There's no need; we Google it.
Discussions now explode with slurs;
we don't engage, we just protect.
now passes for great intellect.
Disagree? You're in contempt;
we've lost all sense of civility.
Nothing's off limits or exempt.
We're no longer a community.
Kindness, compassion, respect too
have disappeared from this great land.
It's time we regained our virtue;
a house divided cannot stand.
An entry for the June round of "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest"
Line limit: 50
Line count: 24
Form: Quatrain using a ABAB rhyme.