Clever Boy

by Eric Chaet

I was a clever boy
but my resources were inadequate & inappropriate
& I was badly misguided—
& I didn’t have the courage
squarely to face the situation that confronted me.

So I wasted years & years of interactions & solitudes
fooling myself & fooling or trying to fool others—
most of whom were as badly misguided
each in her way or his way—
& most of whom, most of the time
were competing with me
for everything they imagined valuable—
especially others’ esteem, & positions
from which they could most easily & efficiently
harvest the most dollars
in return for the least physical or intellectual struggle—
that would enable their comprehending themselves
& the society & world in which they played their parts—
& making real contributions to others’ well-being.


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