If I were a fool

If I were a fool

I’d call upon my four year old self

In moments of catastrophic despair

Because I’d know that the indecipherable ramblings of a child

Hold far more wisdom than those of an articulate adult

 

If I were a fool

I’d give heed to these arbitrary words

Unencumbered

Uninhibited

Unpretentious

And unyielding in their honourable truth

 

If I were a fool

I’d ask more questions than there were answers to

Of more people than were willing to listen

Cognoscente that whilst society equates knowledge with power

The most profound power comes in knowing that we know nothing at all

 

If I were a fool

I’d act repeatedly on impulse

Well versed in the song of regret, I’d sing it with pride

Trusting that one day one of my ill conceived decisions

Will prove to be the most intelligently conceived of all

 

If I were a fool

I’d strive for diversity

Knowing that to dabble in a plethora of people, places, pastimes and professions

Doesn’t make me fickle or lazy

But instead cloaks me in a tapestry of texture and colour

 

If I were a fool

I’d recoil in shame at the hurt I’d caused others

But endeavour to calm the pangs of guilt

Because no suffering I’ve ever engendered

Has belonged to anyone other than me

 

If I were a fool

I’d see pink elephants dancing in the sky

Believing them to be as real as the taxes I pay

I’d solemnly swear that I was Juliet incarnate

And that Romeo stood but a Cupid’s arrow away

 

If I were a fool

I’d allow myself to indulge in the imaginary

Because selective naivety is not stupidity

It’s the keyhole through which we see the unseeable

And the vision that arms us with the courage to open life’s door

 

If I were a fool

I’d be afraid

Of failure

Of heartbreak

Of boredom

Of loneliness

Of longing

Of grief

 

If I were a fool

I’d be alive

To success

To love

To stimulation

To connection

To satisfaction

To gratitude

 

I’d be a fool to be anything other than foolish.

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Photo: “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool” said the greatest fool of all, William Shakespeare.

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2 thoughts on “If I were a fool

  1. I LOVE THIS !!!

    Almost as much as I love you 🙂

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    From: pottering poet <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: pottering poet <comment+7ybabb9igk1_qwi5f0wo2n@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:22 pm To: Chloe <chloe@lahracarey.com.au> Subject: [New post] If I were a fool

    natsilber posted: “If I were a fool I’d call upon my four year old self In moment of catastrophic despair Because I’d know that the indecipherable ramblings of a child Hold far more wisdom than those an articulate adult If I were a fool I’d give heed to th”

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