Thursday, June 05, 2008

Our Youth Need Old Crows

Sarah Hanawald tipped me to this wise poem, the full text of which I ultimately found from Google Answers.

by John Ciardi

The old crow is getting slow;
the young crow is not.
Of what the young crow does not know,
the old crow knows a lot.

At knowing things, the old crow is still
the young crow’s master.
What does the old crow not know?
How to go faster.

The young crow flies above, below, and rings
around the slow old crow.
What does the fast young crow not know?


  1. Love it! Just heard it quoted by Boyd K. Packer who is President of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles at the beginning of his talk. He is 87 and wanted to connect with the youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon faith). Great introduction to have youth realize the wisdom of their elder!

  2. I've used this quote for years, including in some Church talks/firesides about technology (I am LDS). I'd like to think that somehow it traveled through me to the conference center today. :)

  3. I was just looking for this poem amd lo amd behold my old friend Steve is the first result on Google. @mbjorgensen


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