Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Discipline and Wisdom By Jasen Sousa

Discipline and Wisdom


The search for infinite wisdom,
to achieve great knowledge
all you have to do is open your ears and listen.

What makes a person smart
has nothing to do with how much you know,
over time, the way to achieve wisdom
has become a lost art.

Discipline
is the key that opens doors,
food,
objects we consume,
if the diet we digest daily
doesn’t go down smooth, it can bring us to our doom.

It’s better to have an empty stomach
than to have a stomach that is always full,
years of sitting down at the table
and having been fed bull.

When your stomach is empty
you search for more,
when your stomach is full
you lie down and snore.

If you’re always satisfied
you’ll never know what it’s like to starve,
just like a person who has never been deeply hurt,
will never know how it feels to be scarred.

Don’t let your stomach and your head get too fat,

be weary of what you eat.
Believing you always deserve something,
you are quick to serve yourself a treat.
Don’t eat too much that is sweet
and watch as your mindset carries over to everyday life,
watching closely where you place your feet.

Foods high in saturated fat clog arteries
and clutter veins with grease,
your stomach and your mind
will never be at peace.

This applies to everything in life
as circumstances get more complex,
pleasure and satisfaction
yes, I’m talking about sex.
From the top to the bottom,
going down and staying above,
being with too many people over a period of time
makes you forget how to use your heart,
you forget how to love.

Now you are gaining experience
and superior knowledge,
how to act as a person
is a class they do not teach in college.
The real education
on how to control virtue and vice.
Discipline
has brought you
wisdom,
bringing you
perfect vision.
Take care of yourself
and gain compassion for other people’s hearts,
they can claim to know it all,
but in my book,
this is what I call being smart.



Taken From
Selected Poems of Jasen Sousa
17-24
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Comprised of works from:
Life, Weather (First Collection of Poems Written At Age 17) (Not In College)
A Thought and A Tear for Every Day of The Year: A Poetic Diary (Written Between ages 18-19) (Stint at Suffolk University)
Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
Almost Forever (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
A Mosaic of My Mind (Written at Age 24) (Beginning Emerson College)

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