Wisdom emerges

from the depths of the earth

and flows into the deepest soul.

She comes unbidden,

revealing thoughts

you could not

create yourself.

She has great patience

and does not demand


She somehow slips past

personal identity

to fill a quiet gap

in another’s need

or make new connections

with an improbable idea.

Wisdom is grounded

in life most lived

but will take wing

when least expected.

Be prepared

to hold it

very lightly.



 Jannel Glennie,

 January 17, 2017