To Know

Some days I am cognizant
of the fact there are things I’ll never know.

I recognize even if there is no grim prognosis
to halt my attempts at progress,
or some other misfortune
no prognostication could forestall,
I will reach my limit.

And if pressed, I must admit
a certain level of agnosticism.
In that respect, my knowledge
most assuredly has its limitations.

Yet I remain hopeful,
even within the limits of my cognizance.
I may never be a cognoscente
of every subject that fascinates me.
I may never acquire the gnosis of the ages.
But I will enjoy my quest for cognition,
and trust in the knowledge I find along the way.


Song Choice: Faith by George Michael 

This post was inspired by Imaginary Gardens For Real Toads: Let's Visit the Family (poem based on related words. I chose words with the word roots cogni and gnos which mean "to know")

22 comments:

  1. Oh yes.. let us always keep growing, and in finding new things to learn and pick up along the way... if nothing else all those new words we pick up on the trail

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    1. LOL, yes, I suppose an improved vocabulary is not a terrible thing. :D

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  2. The seeking is very much a life long path! Well done!

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  3. Wow! this is a real meaty feast of words. loved it!

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    1. LOL, this was quite the challenge you set for us. I looked at it and thought, "I haven't a clue", then thought I may as well write being clueless.

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  4. This is really neat! Love this.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I was able to come up with anything somewhat intelligible.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed reading your piece as well.

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  6. Your very first line is something I needed. So often I have been tempted to ask why, but there are so many things I will never know. I so love the hope you put into this. Beautiful

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    1. I'm glad I was able to express that idea :)

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  7. The getting to know is not half the fun, but all of it. Knowing something gives you freedom, but learning it makes us powerful. Love the nearly passive tone of this poem, the way she is willing to accept the learning as it comes, and how thankful she is when it arrives.

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    1. LOL, I hadn't planned on it when I was writing it, but I think there is something about the repeated use of that congi/ gnosi root that helps with that feel, and it works with the theme.

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  8. A wonderful read, as always ♥

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

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  9. I like your thoughts of the art and practice of acquiring knowledge, skill, and wisdom. I also learned a new word, "cognoscente". Thank you, Rommy

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    1. LOL, it was new to me too! I researched the Latin derivations before writing and I liked it so much I wanted to use it.

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