What I know now is not what I knew then;
If I could know how, perhaps I’d know when.
But why should I want to know anything
When knowing’s the root of all suffering?

Poems © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on January 27, 2021, in Poets & Storytellers United, Rhyming poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Suffering, indeed, is.

    The existence of suffering is the 1st of the Four Noble Truths, or so the Buddha has informed me. But the 2nd Noble Truth informs us that it’s not “knowing” that causes suffering; it’s the desire to know. It’s only the cessation of that desire that can open the door to the end of suffering (Truth #3). Then ya gotta make the good choices, gotta get on that 8-fold path (Truth #4)

    But I digress. Didn’t mean to preach. I love this poem, Teach.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Not being a Buddhist, how was I to know? 🙂

      On Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 5:30 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. When ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise

  3. This is pretty much my whole day. Tight poem – Tight Philosophy

  4. Beverly Crawford

    Few words saying much!!

  5. A riddle with a bit of an end twist??? Nice write.

  6. Some days and some things, I wish I had never known. But then I wonder if not known a bad thing will keep me from knowing a good one. Sigh. Knowing seems to be as tricky as hindsight.

  7. Boy, you’ve got that right!!!

  8. HUGS, With knowing comes responsibility to ourselves. nice poem. Happy Wednesday


    much love…

  9. Neatly said, as always – but I’m one who likes to know, willing to confront whatever there is rather than remain ignorant. Many of my friends would agree with what you say, however; I guess it depends on one’s temperament.

  10. I didn’t do it
    “the Devil made me do it?”
    Little Devil you

    Remember that one or the likes?

  11. Kestril Trueseeker

    I can’t resist wanting to know anyway. I’m crazy like that.

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