"The Geography Lesson" by Louis-Léopold Boilly‘The Wisest Poem Ever’ by J.J. Bitters The Society March 18, 2018 Beauty, Children's, Poetry 18 Comments The wisest poem ever Was written by my daughter, Although I’ve never known her To be much of a scholar. She’s only five years old now, But wise beyond her years. My daughter wrote a poem That moved me into tears. She scribbled down her feelings; A napkin was her scroll; A purple crayon her feather Transcribing all her soul. I’ve read a bunch of sonnets, And other poems too. By Whitman, Frost, and Shakespeare And Maya Angelou. But not a single poem Has ever moved me more Than words my daughter scribbled Cross-legged on the floor. She handed me the napkin, Looked up at me and said, “I wrote a little poem!” Then watched me as I read. Although it is a short one, I hope you will agree… The wisest poem ever: I love me. I love you. I love we. JJ Bitters was a drummer who wanted to share beautiful stories, so he became a poet who drums with words. He and his wife Marian live in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 18 Responses James Sale March 18, 2018 Sentimental? Maybe. But beautiful? Certainly – from the mouth of babes we find the truth. And surely, absent of all bitterness! Reply John Schleeter March 18, 2018 Love it. Precious words from the wisdom of a child. Reply Joe Tessitore March 18, 2018 Very beautiful and a joy to read. Well-done, both of you! Reply Amy Foreman March 18, 2018 How sweet! This brought a smile to my face. I’ll bet your daughter will always treasure your poem inspired by her poem! Well done, Dad Bitters! Reply J. Simon Harris March 18, 2018 This is a very sweet poem. I hope my son will write little poems like that when he’s older. Very wise indeed. Reply Lenore March 18, 2018 Charming! Reply Joan Fullmore March 18, 2018 How trancendant and DNA proud you must have felt witnessing your daughter’s poet soul blossom in front of you! Her poem is the perfect trinity of how each relation should be!!! It could easily be the mantra litmus test of any relation: people place or thing! I also loved this poem done so well it kept me reading! BRAVO!! Reply David Paul Behrens March 18, 2018 Not bad for a five year old. Good for her. I think this how Emily Dickinson got started. Reply David Paul Behrens March 18, 2018 Sorry for the typo, and for any other mistakes I have made in the past and will make in the future. It pays to proofread. Reply David Watt March 18, 2018 A touching poem from a young lady wise beyond her years. Reply Monty March 18, 2018 How charmingly typical of a child to display such innocent simplicity. I’m reminded of a proclamation by Mr Wilde: ‘In America, the young are always ready to give those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience’. Reply ben grinberg March 18, 2018 Reply James A. Tweedie March 18, 2018 Mr. Bitters, You clearly have acquired a Muse. No doubt there will be more inspiration to come. Please share it with us. We all love we, too! Reply Wendy Bourke March 19, 2018 This is wonder full! Children have a knack for getting at the simplest truths. I love the way this piece unfolds. The cadence is splendid, particularly when read aloud. Reply Dave Whippman March 20, 2018 Nothing wrong with being sentimental sometimes. Very readable poem. Reply Carol Hewitt March 20, 2018 I became an instant fan, turns out he has a collection of poems: https://www.instagram.com/jj.bitters/ Reply Steven Shaffer March 24, 2018 As some have said, I’m also not much for sentimental poems, but this one reminded me of a poem that my daughter wrote when she was eight (I think). I’m pretty sure I kept it, but I don’t know where it is at the moment 🙁 Reply Josh Lefkowitz April 1, 2018 that’s quite lovely Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.