Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Poetry Analysis: A Wise Old Owl by Edward Hersey Richards

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/04/15




A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard:
Why can’t we all be like that bird?

Analysis

I grew up hearing, “You have two ears and one mouth. Now why do you think that is? Because if you are wise, you understand you need to listen twice as much as you speak.”

And so it goes. There’s a lot to be said for observation. There’s even more to be said of not speaking too much.

I’ll bet that wise old owl heard a lot of gossip, so it’s just as well he didn’t repeat any of it!

I’m so glad you stopped in for a visit today!

M. J.

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