sfumatoFor Better or Verse — Poetry Month 2023 et al.·Follow1 min read·Apr 29, 2022--ListenSharePEARGenetics surely have a role to play,But Nature versus Nurture is a ployTo obviate the questions that pertainTo searching for the future in the past.“What’s past is prologue,” someone said.And I care less who said it — but to whomhas piqued my fancy more than interest,Can deja vu be fashionably undressed?Whoever said it surely had a point,But why waste time engaging in a larkUnless there is a moral that I missed.The future loves to keep us in the dark.“Or maybe a morel is far more apt –A fungus — though it’s edible — just mightBetray the meaning of the past more rightThan May just may keep all the knowledge trapped.I mean, to look ahead is troublesomeWhen I can forecast tragedies to dreadMore readily than pearls in oyster beds.Or even mushrooms for that matter… YesOf course, this is rehearsal poorly said,Since we can draw our lines within our heads.A single brush stroke takes away the edgeAnd leaks one broader swale right near an edgeThat we can never see. It’s further offThan vision can interpret. We see gray,And lighter purple. But, if we could leapThrough time and space infinitely. The swathMight just be visible till then. We’ll pauseTo ponder all things we haven’t said.Not knowing is an ignorance of weight,But waiting is the entrée, not the plate.