The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 31 / Phillip Neal Tippin

If provincial
I’m allowed
To be “original”

How do I learn the last six years again—
Only better this time?

Don’t rush through those twelve dollars
Since reading is a toll road now, better
Go slow and become a conscious “per use” scholar
As money is not just food but language’s pater.

He learned to play the bodhrán too young,
For, when he’s tired of playing without a thought,
He’ll not deign to play what his hands and heart still long.

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2020-2023 by Phillip Neal Tippin. All rights reserved.

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