The edge of another view

We like to hear

the voices of

those that agree

with us,

and we think they

are just so wonderful

and full of wisdom’s charm.


But we are truly wise

and fully open

when we can listen to

those who do not

give us the voice

of assent, but dissent,

sometimes striking

cords of rancour

in us as we examine

our own thinking

and values from

the edge of

another view.


To be a wise person

is not always about

being right but seeing

the possibility that

we could be wrong.