The Wisdom of Silence

Be one who sits and smiles,
Who nods to give consent
While others loudly crow
And boastfully invent
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You've learned a golden truth
Which silence can convey:
"With grace mete out your words,
Then bite your tongue and pray."
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Mentally lightheaded;
The one who doesn't know
You'll be misunderstood
"He's simple" or "she's slow!"
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It's best be thought a dunce,
Than open up your lips
The mutterings of fools
Will lead to careless slips
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The one who sits with patience
May be the brightest guy
Don't judge the quiet as shallow:
There's more than meets the eye
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Some will talk and chatter
Just smile with stoic face
Consistently make silence
Your attribute of grace
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by David C Rogers

This poem is about: 
My family
My community

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