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Wisdom of The Ages

by Siddharth Sharma


If I knew then


What I know now


Would I be different?


Maybe, but how?


I would steer clear of the collision course


I would whisper gently rather than cry hoarse


With the wisdom of the years


I’d probably shed fewer tears


Make fewer mistakes


Of the treacherous path, steer clear.


Keep adrenaline in check and not have those scars,


I’d keep feet firmly on ground rather than stare at the stars.


I would plan in detail and execute ruthlessly,


Because a dream without a plan is a mere fantasy.


Only if I knew then what I know now


But so would everyone else, wouldn’t they?


Expunge errors and erase the scars


Keep on the highway and not deviate into the narrow path


It is a perpetual quest


The ache for perfection through a retrospective sojourn


What I forget is that life doesn’t offer a retest


If we knew then what we know now


We’d be bereft of the most profound epiphanies


So I m glad I have my scars


And that I gazed at the stars


And from the narrow straight path


I ventured into treacherous lanes


Adversity is the greatest teacher


And I m glad I learned through a few hard knocks


Bcoz now the wisdom of experience tells me


Which knock sounds right for one to open the door


And which one shall be unhesitatingly ignored


I m glad I didn’t know then what I know now


Ignorance is bliss and I had my blissful years


I don’t mind the scars and tears,


For they made me overcome my fears.


Life has its lessons ready, but it takes its own sweet time to teach


When it does, just make sure you’re within reach.

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About the Poet:

Siddharth is a student of MBA (IB) 2018–20 batch. He is fond of reading, writing, solving mathematical puzzles and travelling to far-flung places.

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