Poems and Prose

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An Idea

You cannot pound an idea into the human mind.
An idea is a flower.
You can shake it’s perfume on the air,
    but that requires no bluster.
An idea is a jewel.
You can twirl it before the people,
    that the light of every facet may fall upon their eyes,
    but that requires no muscle.
If you want to get a great truth into the human heart,
    tip it with a gentle tone.

Charles E. Jefferson