Arrogance of Youth

Inflated confidence,
Youthful wisdom untried by time.
Experiences far beyond the age.
Like the North star, beliefs guide through the ravages of life,
Some survive, unchanged, some die a necessary death.
Eight decades gone by.
A life not planned by years but directed by feelings.
Feeling and responding to the moment.
Kept upright by a core of purpose
Resembling the tensile strength of lead.
Some ideas that stemmed from the arrogance of youth
Stood the test of time.
Will the scale of balances show value?

About this poem

This idea stems from the aftermath of writing a memoir.

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Written on April 28, 2022

Submitted by bettyl.73819 on May 06, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 507
Words 95
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 13

Betty Leininger

I am a Retired RN, with a lifelong interest in writing and research. I have grown children and grandchildren. Government was a favorite class in high school and I now have an interest in Foreign Policy. more…

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