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Quest for learning - A drop from the ocean

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various knowledge and educational sites in internet.

Preface

We all acquire knowledge and learn. Some of us are satisfied with a little enabling us to get a job while some of us go on pursuing it more in our lives and feel we are enriched much. But the fact is that knowledge is a vast area and what we have acquired is a little part of it. This thought has motivated me in creating this poem.

Quest for learning - A drop from the ocean

I wanted to earn,

Whole knowledge of the world.

I wanted to learn,

The meaning of each word.


That was the desire,

That was the ambition.

That was the motive,

That was the dedication.


I went to the college,

I went to the library.

I found it everywhere,

In the side of a gallery.


I read what not,

I was fed a lot.

I continued reading,

For a career I sought.


I felt proud,

Of my acquisitions.

I was no doubt,

Firm in my mission.


Now the time came,

For an assessment.

To know my worth,

As where I stand.


I found it,

Very very strange.

That I was still,

At the beginning of the range.


I always thought earlier,

That my knowledge was awesome.

But now I found it,

As a drop from the ocean.



Endnote

This poem gives us a message that whatever knowledge we acquire, it is only a small part of the ocean of the knowledge surrounding us. So, to that extent we should feel humble about what we know and what we have learned in our life so far.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

SKMUNSHI on July 09, 2020:

The more one reads the more one understands how shallow is his knowledge .The lyrics pendown by you eloquently expresses it.Great.!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 08, 2020:

Sangita, so nice of you for your appreciation. You are a kind soul.

Sangita on July 08, 2020:

Wow. They say only the wise know how little they know. This poem says exactly that :) - and by that definition, you are very wise

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 07, 2020:

Anand, thanks for your visit and beautiful comment. Appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 07, 2020:

Anurag, thanks a lot for your valuable comment.

S K Anand on July 07, 2020:

Drop in ocean is beautiful revealing poem nicely worded. Thanks Mr Bhatt for making us understand about our reality, who read much less.

जाना तो यह जाना कि कुछ नहीं जाना

I am able to realise that I know nothing

Keep your beautiful pen penetrating us.

Anurag on July 07, 2020:

Splendid piece of writing.

Very well expressed your views!!

Indeed knowledge is never ending and being humble towards it will help in acquiring knowledge to a better extent.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 10, 2020:

Peggy, so nice to have your comment here. Thanks a lot.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2020:

So true! We never quit learning!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 07, 2020:

Frogyfish, thanks for your valuable comment. Appreciate. Be in touch.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 07, 2020:

Oh, I like your poem and I love your last verse! (It is so realistic!)

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 07, 2020:

Eiddwen, thanks a lot for your encouraging and nice words. Appreciate.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 07, 2020:

A great poem Umesh and I now look forward to so many more.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 05, 2020:

Denise, appreciate your comment and sincere thanks for visiting.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 05, 2020:

So true. When I was homeschooling my children, I wanted them to not just memorize facts and dates. I wanted them to be able to find information when they needed it. I used to make scavenger hunts in the library for them so that they could be able to find anything they need when they may need it. The wealth of information is out there. We don't have to keep all of it in our heads.

Blessings,

Denise

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 03, 2020:

DreamerMeg, so nice to hear from you. Thanks a lot.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 03, 2020:

This is so true. I have learned a lot of facts in my life and even carried out experiments and I find that I am learning more about life from observing people around me than I did searching for knowledge in books.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Linda, thanks for such a nice comment. Appreciate your visit and also for sparing time to go through the poem.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 02, 2020:

What you have said is so true, especially in the last verse of the poem! Every new fact that we learn is just a drop in the ocean. So many new discoveries are being made by the experts in different areas and there's so much information left to discover. Thanks for sharing an interesting poem.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Eric, thanks a lot for your kind visit. Highly appreciate.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 02, 2020:

Worthy of thoughtful consideration as I will give it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Ruby Jean, thanks a lot for your visit and comments. Highly appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Lorna, so kind of you and your words of encouragement. Thanks and regards.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Flourish, you have made a valid point. Appreciate your visit and sparing time for this poem.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 02, 2020:

Manatita44, thanks for your encouragement and kind words. Really appreciate.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 02, 2020:

Your poem/message is profoundly true. The more we learn the more we want more. I am familiar with " Just a drop in the bucket, " but not a drop in the ocean, which is vast and more meaningful.

Lorna Lamon on March 02, 2020:

I enjoyed this poem Umesh and I feel that we are always learning. It is what we do with our knowledge - academic or life that can make the difference in a positive or negative way. It's up to us. Thought provoking and well written.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 02, 2020:

The knowledge base seems to be escalating tremendously but you can specialize and be an expert in that sphere but certainly not everything.

manatita44 from london on March 02, 2020:

First the poem is very nice … lyrical in fact. Would make a great song or rap in the right hands.

Secondly, you have never been more correct in your life. You are by nature God -- an unfathomable, infinite … bottomless space … in motion. So, you see why knowledge can never end? The Seers, even with oneness with the infinite, still call themselves students. So who am I? Lovely piece!