Vintage Words


I have known smart people

with degrees and plaques,

and awards enough to cover

a fairly large library wall.


I have wandered hallways

hung with stamped and signed,

gold or silver embossed sealed

declarations of completion

of all sorts of specialties

and studies.


I also engage in trips taken

to museums and libraries,

public and private. I gravitate

and hover around historical

makers. Here, knowledge

is free and there is a rebellion

underway to get rid of the need

for a degree. The debt is

prohibitive, the effort mind



With a personal computer,

a bit of time and expenditure

of energy, the internet provides

the history and essence

of the world for the price

of a good search engine

and a few volts of electricity.






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