Poem of the Week: No Defense for Ignorance

Hello, readers!

It’s been a while since I’d last submitted a sestina on this blog, so I’ve decided to try my hand at the format again to produce the latest composition. Without further ado, then, here’s No Defense for Ignorance. Enjoy!


No Defense for Ignorance
May 5, 2014

I’m so fed up with ignorance,
A behavior for which there’s no defense.
There’s always some loser shooting off
His or her mouth with a scoff
At that which he or she doesn’t understand.
Oy! This behavior’s getting out of hand.

It matters not the topic at hand;
Any can be the target of ignorance—
Of some loudmouth who doesn’t understand
And is too shallow-minded to mount a defense
Against any ridicule at which he may scoff
From the people whom his words tick off.

It blows me away how some folks get off
Giving their opinion about any matter at hand
With little to no logic behind their scoff.
Why be so desperate to show your ignorance?
Just keep it to yourself, for there’s no defense
In assaulting that which you don’t understand.

If there’s a matter you don’t understand,
At least get your facts straight before you sound off
And learn to construct a rational defense
So that whenever a debate’s at hand,
You can get involved without showing ignorance
And provoking others to dismiss you with a scoff.

‘Tis foolish indeed to pop off and scoff
At that which one doesn’t understand.
‘Tis not hard, either, to overcome ignorance.
Sadly, though, it must be even easier to get off
Simply slandering and blowing off anything at hand,
Even though such behavior has no moral defense.

Don’t expect me, then, to come to your defense,
Should you be foolish enough to scoff
At whatever matter comes to hand
That you clearly do not understand.
Instead, expect me to blow you off—
You and your petty ignorance.

I’m sick of ignorance. There’s just no defense
For the rude to sound off, condescend, and scoff.
They just don’t understand, and their behavior’s out of hand.


That should do it for today. Thank you all for stopping by, and by all means, feel free to visit my author pages at Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk for more about me and my current literary works. Likewise, be sure to keep an eye out for the latest news concerning my latest project, The Kingdom of Somnia, and until we meet again, folks, happy reading!

Dustin M. Weber


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