Lekgotla of the eminent greybeards

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Greybeard. Photographic: DWV

Lekgotla of the eminent greybeards

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Here we are

among a group of bearded men,

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They are conversing in different types of language,

and nobody understands each other.

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We wonder how bearded

we ourselves are,

but there are no mirrors around

to clarify the matter.

.

You cut into the conversation:

Wisdom does not come automatically with age.

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One with an almost completely white beard

says:

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It is written that outside feels residue.

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I feel compelled to nod and respond:

Yes, wisdom grows from within

and the residue of it

can benefit other people.

.

Another man tugs thoughtfully

on his brownish beard,

shot through with grey, and says:

Expeditious expeditions into expedience

sounds good to me.

.

You wave a dismissive hand:

Only if you have a good whiskey at hand.

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A man with a bristly white beard

says:

.

It is singular how singularities

are often never discussed in single’s bars.

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I nod, just to keep the conversation going:

Yes, humanity has only one goal.

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A man with a trimmed salt-and-pepper beard

gets up and says:

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One goal is enough to win.

He walks away.

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You muse: You can’t walk away from life.

I respond: Yes, let’s sit it out.

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I take a sip from my half-empty glass…

no, it is half-full.

About kruger01

Poet, author, translator Grandfather of five. Bonsai grower.
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