In the great scheme of things,

how little we know,

even after a lifetime

of learning and reading and listening,

and absorbing into our minds

all the knowledge

being imparted.

At the end of a life

when a person is old and feeble

and has begun to forget

all that he has learned,

He will forget only as fraction

of all there is to know.

Who can learn it all?

Could one person

read all the dictionaries

and encyclopedias,

Study all there is

In the Universe

and remember it all?

But to what end?

To lie in a bed

soiled and forgotten

with no memory?


Sandra Lee Smith

May 29, 2009

Updated June 21, 2018

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