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An Open Mind

An Open Mind


As our bodies gather the wrinkles of time

and supple skin becomes as parchment,

our mind ferments like a cask of wine

open to the elements of time.

Joints which creak with age

as muscular pain arrives,

we see more clearly the passage of time

and ponder on such changes.

An open mind must remain

the receptacle of hope,

to ward off stagnation and prejudice

and thereby avoid being a defeatist.

We need to hold the scales in a balance

of reason and understanding,

to embrace the new yet not forsake the old

together hand in glove lies our salvation.


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keith jeffries

Fri 12th Apr 2024 19:22

Thank you to all who 'liked' and commented on this poem. I appreciate your interest which spurs me on to write more. Thank you Graham for your tip. Any moisturiser would need to be one that also rejuvenated the skin. Mine sags.
Thanks again,

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leon stolgard

Fri 12th Apr 2024 14:08

One of your very best Keith thanks

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 12th Apr 2024 13:37

The title of ths timely poem should be a salutary reminder to us all of what is the most valuable asset we should strive to possess in this life. Let me add the words recalled from a church billboard
seen in the London docklands of the 1960s:
He who never changes his mind never corrects his mistakes.

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Manish Singh Rajput

Fri 12th Apr 2024 13:09

Great lines, Keith. Such a good title too, it's essential for us to have an open mind no matter how narrow things get.
Thank you.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 12th Apr 2024 12:46

I have but one word for you old friend
‘Moisteriser’ look after yourself!

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