The Advantages of Inexperience


The minds of the young are open to
     The unexamined moment—

So much of what they witness
     Comes to them
Unknown, free of preconceptions.

Those who have their lexicons of prior experience
     Consult the past
When faced with fresh developments.

Perhaps they gain advantage from their brittle pages,
     Foreseeing what will be
     Before it has arrived.

     But I would find the thrill
     Of some new taste or smell
A cause for celebration of the singular event.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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