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In Contempt of the Peanut Gallery

Updated on January 18, 2011

They ask for wisdom

they desire knowledge

but do not understand the fruit they court

One knows the danger

saying too much

Knowing appreciation wares thin

valued so long as it agrees

with them upon whom knowledge is bestowed

sometimes daining to answer delicately

but every now and again absurdity grips

short on temper

short on patience

sometimes perversity adds to our deviation

then the wise speak blunt and openly

the farce of human desire

charade of humanity lay bare

seeing their disaproval

recieving their castigations

and are content

it doesn't harm those who have knowledge

when the peanut gallary have their say

it only solidifies indifference

to what comes to them on judgement day.

Is there more to humanity then this?

those who will come to listen and not mock?

reasoning face to face

not ranting at the new

cursing the misunderstood?

Will they see truth,

embracing it with both arms?

In the arms of those who understand

I lay these words

and in those who can hear

I am content.


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    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      mostly because the time of the masters are past. People want to be coddled and inched toward growth. To be tricked into it or allowed to grasp what they want without what they consider as harsh judgement. Mastery and perfection are concepts beyond the common desire. It is sad but true.

    • twolittlehands profile image


      6 years ago from Utah

      I do not understand why people become defensive when they learn that someone is striving to fly higher and see more. Why can't they live and let live? Why take it personally, as condemnation? To each his own.

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I wasn't looking for disciples but people I consider good writers in their own right. I suppose in writing here I add a certain level of honesty because I write amongst peers who can relate but even so. You are right, it is a rather contemptible piece from a certain frame of reference. People already see me as austere or so I have been told. I wonder though, is it the nature of our culture to block such honesty of a passing emotion from being the subject of verse? It isn't how I feel all of the time but I don't think one is human or intelligent who hasn't experienced contempt for gossip and back biting. I am anything if not a fan of communication and critique. I am very grateful for yours to wit. I will consider focusing it a bit more.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      Yes, but life needs the "Peanut Gallery" make others feel superior, and justify them. This piece can be taken in so many ways... and will be by your followers. Thanks for sharing.


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