Photograph of Dragon’s Teeth, Maui, Hawaii‘Inside the Dragon’s Teeth, Maui, Hawaii’ and Other Poetry by Ron L. Hodges The Society July 24, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 6 Comments Inside the Dragon’s Teeth Maui, Hawaii From inside, you get a new perspective ___Of the tourist spot known as Dragon’s Teeth. The people who write about such things give ___This place, which lies on the ocean beneath A golf course and ritzy hotel, a dull, ___Scientific description: “Lava flow, Met by wind and waves, cooled at an angle ___To look like teeth.” While that is surely so, Such factualism tells only part ___Of the story, for when you stand within This jagged amphitheater, the heart ___Senses something beyond mere rock and skin, ______An unseen artist whose exhibits stand ______As signs of pleasure in another land. The Greatest Giver Of all human traits, generosity Is the feature that the best part admire. Yes, bravery is a gem full of fire, And wisdom gleams like gold light on the sea, But nothing draws eyes like the rich bounty Bequeathed by billionaires to a great cause— Oh, the publicity and the applause Garnered when millions are shared openly! Yet (I mean no offense), how generous Is a gift if the giver won’t miss it? What’s a drop when an ocean is endless? Poor widow’s coins should earn greater merit! Though rightly we mint the giver as great, Greatness is not in the sum but the rate. Look at Me “Humility is the foundation of all other virtues.” —Saint Augustine Nowadays everyone shouts, “Look at me!” For egotism’s a respected trait. But the world could use more humility. Social networks swell like a surging sea, Bearing selfies, live tweets, and hashtag freight. Nowadays everyone shouts, “Look at me!” Self-confidence is fine, often the key Where a modest man meets a modest fate. But the world could use more humility. A cosmos is condensed to emoji, And common specks stretched out to something great. Nowadays everyone shouts, “Look at me!” Our pride is proportionate to degree Of friends we make and trends we create. Yes, the world could use more humility. Merit is measured by “like” or RT*, While virtue withers at a rapid rate. Nowadays everyone shouts, “Look at me!” But, Lord, we need more humility. *RT: Internet slang for retweet, a term from the social media Twitter. Ron L. Hodges is an English teacher and poet who lives in Orange County, California. His works have appeared in The Road Not Taken, Ancient Paths, Calvary Cross, and The Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015, 2016, and 2017. He won the Society’s prestigious Annual Poetry Competition in 2016. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 6 Responses Father Richard Libby July 24, 2017 These well-crafted poems contain very worthwhile messages. Well done! Reply James Sale July 24, 2017 Some great wisdom in these lines, Mr Hodges – especially The Greatest Giver. It was the Dalai Lama who said, ‘Generosity gives rise to a creative mind’, and it shows in your work. Reply Lorna Davis July 24, 2017 I agree with the other comments here – well-crafted, much-needed wisdom! Reply Ron Hodges July 24, 2017 Thank you for the kind feedback everyone! Reply Satyananda Sarangi July 25, 2017 Hello Sir. I have been reading your poetry for quite some time now. They always succeed in touching the deepest cord within. Here, the poems are powerful and ‘The Greatest Giver’ is not only a poem but a vast ocean of wisdom. I must confess that your poem ‘Ode on a Children’s Cemetery Plot’ is one of my favourites and among the best that I have read in recent times. Always happy to recall your works in solitude. 🙂 Reply David Hollywood July 26, 2017 Marvelous. Thank you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.