POEMS: Advice from “The wise old owl” & wisdom quotes

Wise Owl

Wise Old Owl

Like the Solomon of fowl
Sat a wise old owl
Perched in a Sycamore tree,
While the moonlight glimmered
And the starlight shimmered,
These words he spoke to me:

“I guess you’ve heard
I’m a wise old bird,
And if wisdom you would find…
Always look for the best
And your life will be blest,
To all others’ faults be blind.

“In this life, I know
You will find it so
That if you think kindly of others,
You’ll soon find that it’s true
They’ll think kindly of you…
Praise your sisters and your brothers!”

You may think me a fool –
Owls don’t talk, as a rule,
But in solemn tone he said:
“Don’t be quick to enact
Words you’ll wish to retract,
Dwell upon the good instead!”

Though I hate to admit it,
I could see, once I did it,
What that wise owl said was true.
Your faults I’ll overlook
‘Cause it says in The Book
What you sow comes back to you!

Now, if you will agree
With what he said to me,
Then my faults you will ignore…
Like that sage bird said
We’ll both come out ahead
If we judge less, and praise more!

by Connie Hinnen Cook

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