Prudence

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Prudence

 

Pain or pleasure,

which will it be?

 

Oh to swim with a hungry crocodile!

You say, "it is all so truly sublime;"

please know pleasures last a little while,

but many pains a long, long time.

 

This then begs the question:

Is it worth it?

 

Is it worth it to carry folly's scars

all the way up to the stars?

It is true that prudence offers no thrills,

but it will keep you from popping pills.

 

By Ernst Louis


Submitted: December 25, 2019

© Copyright 2021 Prince EL. All rights reserved.

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Keke Serene

Keeps you from the pills? I don't understand. I think you need balance- both freedom and caution

Wed, December 25th, 2019 8:49pm

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I totally expected that my subject would be boring and even maybe unpalatable to some. Prudence is not the absence of freedom. We are always free to do any foolish thing our hearts desire. The question remains, is it worth it? This calls for careful consideration of the outcome and consequences. The pills represent that which we must do to cope with the pain resulting from having indulged our frenemy folly. There's of course the possibility that the pills might also be literal by necessity. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

Wed, December 25th, 2019 2:03pm

Keke Serene

Nothing wrong with prudence. Neither did I say it invalidates freedom. I emphasized a balance. I'm actually a pretty prudent person lol, a planner, that is, always preparing for the worse and the least expected. Of course, life is always throwing curveballs. Sometimes faith must outweigh prudence. In some cases, the risk is worth it.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 12:09am

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I believe in taking risks in life. I am not suggesting that people should be afraid of taking risks. You are right, sometimes faith must outweigh prudence. However, this poem's intent is to caution against foolish indulgences that are well known to be harmful to self. One of such "many" indulgences, which is sadly trending these days in pop culture (Thanks in part to Harry Potter) is the practice of sorcery or witchcraft. Next thing you know, we have a bunch of people walking around with multiple personalities suffering with great anguish, as they are being tormented and afflicted by demons. This is a very sad thing.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 7:14am

jmm424

I like it. Nice job, Prince EL. Happy Holidays.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 3:57am

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Thanks, Janeen. Happy Holidays to you as well.

Wed, December 25th, 2019 10:22pm

tom mcmullen

You're right about the pills Prince, best to stay away from them!

Thu, December 26th, 2019 7:17am

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Thanks for reading and commenting, Tom.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 6:29am

Derina Peng

I agree with you on this. Is it worth it? Is a question I would ask myself each time I try to do something unusual.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 1:22pm

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Thank you for reading and commenting, Derina. This is a great question to ask ourselves, indeed.

Thu, December 26th, 2019 6:31am

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