Wisdom Is a Shelter

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
and benefits those who see the sun.
Wisdom is a shelter
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:9-13

Doctors? Engineers?
How straight should it be?
Would The Teacher have written this
in the 21st Century?
Maybe today he’d think money
might buy sufficient care
to preserve the possessor’s life.
Did God make crooked stuff?
If God knows as much more as we know
than The Teacher,
who knows?
Just God.

Lord, I’m lacking knowledge and trust.
I probably can’t handle the knowledge,
so if you will, just give me the trust.

A Time for Verse
Rollins, Barbara B.. A Time for Verse – Poetic Ponderings on Ecclesiastes (Kindle Locations 507-524). Eagle Wings Press imprint of Silver Boomer Books. Kindle Edition.