Wise Men Know


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    Wise Men Know

    in every epic known to man
    some woman raises deadly hand
    wielding feminine wiles to achieve
    the wicked legacy of Eve

    and since the very dawn of time
    with tooth and fist and skill sublime
    men have fought for just this prize
    adoring reflection in female eyes

    battlefields littered with embittered hearts
    histories lessons do impart
    she who's purposed to deceive
    will never real love thus receive

    as Helen wrought the fall of Troy
    her lust a weapon full deployed
    did not to Menelaus keep
    thus Trojan women learned to weep

    as Morgan plotted Arthur's doom
    with spoiled fruit of twisted womb
    and thus did Mordred so array
    his father's pride to strip away

    remember Circe. and Argonauts
    turned to pigs, all for naught
    her love of Glaucus unrequited
    cursed Scylla soundly and delighted

    I tell you that there is no dearth
    of wicked women walking Earth
    seeking men they may defeat
    their tender hearts a tasty treat

    if you've left a grain of sense
    avoid this dire consequence
    do not your heart on her bestow
    who's sacred vows are just for show

    but wait for her with heart unstained
    before your passion you unchain
    beware the price of what's been sought
    before your soul's forever caught

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    optimistic commented on Wise Men Know


    This is true and written with such ease and passion. I love the fifth and sixth stanza you bring the beauty of life.

    Hampton commented on Wise Men Know


    The last two stanza's more or less throw down the gauntlet in this excellent poem.

    TJR commented on Wise Men Know


    You're blowing me away with every poem I read by you. I try to avoid sounding like a groupie, but you make it hard for me not to. lol

    Tray4 commented on Wise Men Know


    It's kool how you related ppl from the past and their suiations to teach a lesson, it will does well in a creative learning style.

    travisd76 commented on Wise Men Know


    I can see where you are coming from. All the women I have ever known have been wicked and deceitful. But when you say but wait for her who's heart's unstained, it gives me hope that there is a good woman out there somewhere, yet being burned by so many before, i'm not sure i would be able to recognize her. nice job though.



    it was written as a warning for a friend, and in the future, for my sons.

    Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

    Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

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