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The Wise

Dead men are wisest, for they know
How far the roots of flowers go,
How long a seed must rot to grow.
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  • Ramesh Rai (3/2/2014 1:16:00 AM)

    For the dead person I have nothing to comment except to pray -
    'May his/her soul rest in peace'.

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  • Kevin Patrick (3/2/2013 5:27:00 PM)

    The one thing we dread, is the one thing that is inevitable, accept it, and you know peace.

  • Hardik Vaidya (3/2/2013 10:11:00 AM)

    This poem has more wisdom condensed in it than the Mahabharata.

  • Savita Tyagi (3/2/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    Seems to me poet doesn't believe that one can learn the art of bearing pain and pleasure or life's dualities while alive as to think that only dead can understand this and be wise.

  • Marcus Long (4/14/2009 10:16:00 AM)

    Countee Cullen is envious of the dead. Cullen dealt with pain of losing love ones at an early age. Dead man are the wisest because the dead is immune to human emotions that Cullen felt.

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