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What makes one an expert?

What graduates one from a novice

To the status of an expert?

Is it knowledge?

Does the fact that one knows;

Mean that he is?

Does knowing every detail

In medical books;

Qualify one to be a doctor?

Certainly not.

A talented romantic musician;

Doesn’t necessarily translate;

Into one being a good lover;

No one becomes what he knows;

Unless he applies himself;

To what he knows.

Skillful experience is what makes an expert;

Practice they say, makes perfect;

But that doesn’t count;

When you’ve been doing it wrong;

All this while;

But how can perfect;

What he doesn’t know?

 Knowledge is the beginner’s guide;

But the ability to perform;

Is the end game;

What would you call yourself an expert in?

Business, health, sports or the arts?

What about matters of the heart?

Are you an expert in loving;

Respecting and building up your spouse?

Are you an expert in supporting;

And being loyal to your friends?

What about standing up for your colleagues;

And being reliable to your company?

Of course, being an expert means

A life-long learning process;

Earning a certificate;

Doesn’t mean you’re done learning;

Because knowledge and skills;

Need to be upgraded from time to time;

And we don’t mind;

Investing time and money doing that;

But why don’t we strive to do same;

 For the people we claim to love

And care about?

Keep on learning;

On how to love them more;

As life changes them and us;

Experts expect the unexpected;

And readily prepare for it;

Just as systems may fail out of the blue;

Relationships may fall out by chance;

But it takes one who understands;

The impermanence of life’s circumstances;

To not throw in the towel;

When the tides change;

But put all hands on deck;

To keep the ship moving;

Obviously, it takes more effort;

To be an expert in human relations;

Than in a gradable subject;

But where there’s a will;

There’s a way;

If we’ll all make up our minds;

To learn to love and appreciate;

One another more;

There would be less of;

Depression and suicide cases;

Broken homes and bitterness;

Will you learn to be an expert;

In sharing and caring?

The world can be a better place;

It begins with you and me.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. pappy116 says:

    Insightful post.I think you made a mistake in your writing. *Claim to love.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for pointing it out. Corrected it👍

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jess Wen says:

    Great poem. You definitely bring up an important point that you can have expertise in more areas than you think!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, that’s very relevant. Thanks for reading, Jess

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Syed Arslan says:

    Download free medical books from psitnotes.com

    Liked by 1 person

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