Beware the Old Scolds…

I’m an old man, but I get so tired of hearing old guys spouting off on any subject, as if wiser than anyone else. Montaigne writes that we old guys can’t see as well, can’t hear as well, and can’t reason as well, yet we think we can tell everyone else what to do. Hm. Something wrong with that attitude, methinks.


Beware the Old Scolds…

Bill Cosby. Bill O’Reilly.

Any male senator.

As if age,

as if self-righteousness

equal wisdom.

Sorry. Not that easy.

Aeschylus speaks

to us

through his Greek


from suffering

CAN come wisdom.

How King Agamemnon



his own daughter

for safe passage.

Leaves his wife


for nine years

to rescue

Helen of Troy.

Returns home,

trophy slave in tow:

beautiful Cassandra,

who knows of the

violence to come.

He will not listen.

His fierce wife

and her lover

slice up the king

and his young slave

with angry knives,

showing us

that we must

beware the anger,

that we create,

we old men.

Must look after

our own houses


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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

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