Benign Neglect

Poem By gershon hepner

Small-mindedness is far more painful than benign neglect
which makes misunderstandings easily prevented;
when men are totally ignored they often gain respect
with reputations that, neglected, can't be dented.

And yet most artists seek approval in the garish limelight,
attracting far too much attention in the glare,
and so do I–– although I always get the rhyme right,
it's me they read, not what I write. Now is that fair?


(12/8/99)

Comments about Benign Neglect

There is no comment submitted by members.


Rating Card

5 out of 5
0 total ratings

Other poems of HEPNER

Abraham

My language always is precise,
but I’m prepared to take advice
from people who can’t follow what
I’m saying. When I’m being hot,

Spooky

A particle in one place sometimes is
affected by one in a distant place,
and though when you are close enough to kiss
you may be far too close to see the face

Abe Vs The Kgb

“Mr. Rosenthal, we’re really not
in any courtroom here, ”
to Abe a K.G.B. hotshot
declared. Abe had no fear

Microbes Of The Skin

Think not of lilies but of skin
where microbes live and die without a sin.
Each time you wash your hands, and when you scour
the sweat from all your body in a shower

Once You Touch A Butterfly

Once you touch a butterfly
it often, flustered, fails to flutter,
and cannot soar into the sky
without a sputter and may splutter,

Discard What Defines You

Discard what defines you,
discover a range
beyond what confines you,
be challenged by change.