. Words of Wisdom “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” ---Socrates She knows the what. She knows the why. __She knows the when and where. Her tireless tongue will testify __She knows the foul from fair--- A lofty boffin strutting tall, This knowing crower knows it all. He knows the how. He knows the who. __He knows the this and that. He has a noble, global view. __He knows the earth’s not flat--- A hoity-toity oracle, This knowing crower knows it all. She knows what’s best. She knows the rest __Of all there is to know. She knows in every egghead test __Her laser brain will show Her nifty neurons never stall--- This knowing crower knows it all. He knows the ins. He knows the outs. __His cranium is crammed With stacks of facts. He has no doubts __That dunderheads are damned. He never drops the bombast ball--- This knowing crower knows it all. She knows the ups. She knows the downs. __Her noodle’s thrice the size Of cogs that crank in clueless clowns __Who’ll never be as wise As her---the belle of wisdom’s ball--- This knowing crower knows it all. He knows his noggin’s hot to trot __And blaze throughout the day. He knows his upper story’s got __An unsurpassed display Of grand grey matter---wall to wall--- This knowing crower knows it all. Alas, they’re not as right or bright __As they would like to think. A swollen-headed oversight __Oft causes wits to shrink. The bigger picture’s always small For knowing crowers knowing all. The key to smarts is more than sparks __That spur the cerebellum. The songs of hearts and meadowlarks __Soar heaven-high to tell ‘em--- The only one who knows it all Knows crowing comes before a fall. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.