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No need to mention any of the names
of those who ask me, “Why so quiet, James?”

In truth, I’m quiet since I do not choose
to shallowly discuss the evening news,
to idly chat about weather reports
or wager over who should win at sports.

And why reveal the details of my life
to those caught up in private griefs and strife,
who listen just to items they can use
to gossip, harbor ill, taunt or abuse,
or those who, learning of me, would dismiss
as crazy anything that runs amiss
to attitudes with which they feel at home
and scoff at the suggestion they might roam
beyond the kind of life they’ve preconceived
or outside of the faith they have believed.

Why waste a discourse on those without will,
to whom stupidity’s a social skill?

And why discuss philosophy and art,
or matters even closer to my heart,
or, with light-hearted wit, why try to start
with those whose highest humor is a fart?

This is really why I’m quiet today,
though, “... just tired, I guess,” is all I’ll say.

The quickest way for me to learn something new is to first understand why I'd like to learn it.

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The following comments are for "SILENT PARTNER"
by poeteye

How Now, Pen Cowed?
I promise to only interpret your comments positively
to give you the benefit of doubt
and never take offense.

( Posted by: Poeteye [Member] On: January 8, 2004 )

Wastin' Time

It's hard to find people to make gods with. You do good. I love this piece.

( Posted by: Wilcobaby [Member] On: January 8, 2004 )

Silent Partner
I, Myself, like this poem alot. Sometimes, people ask me why I am so quiet. Sometimes, I just hold my peace. I learn to control my tongue, as well as my mouth. and guard my heart. Sometimes being quiet is the best thing to do. good read, thanks.



( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: January 9, 2004 )

silence is gold and gossip is old, vultures love to gather, mostly I find that I am dreaming and would rather not be disturbed, et tu?

( Posted by: poesandpoetry [Member] On: January 10, 2004 )

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