A Word On Statistics

Out of every hundred people, 

those who always know better:

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest. 

Ready to help,
if it doesn't take long:

Always good,
because they cannot be otherwise:
fourwell, maybe five. 

Able to admire without envy:

Led to error
by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus. 

Those not to be messed with:

Living in constant fear
of someone or something:

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most. 

Harmless alone,
turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure. 

when forced by circumstances:
it's better not to know,
not even approximately. 

Wise in hindsight:
not many more
than wise in foresight. 

Getting nothing out of life except things:
(though I would like to be wrong). 

Balled up in pain
and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later. 

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five. 

But if it takes effort to understand:

Worthy of empathy:

one hundred out of one hundred
a figure that has never varied yet.
― Wisława Szymborska

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4 Responses to A Word On Statistics

  1. I learned something to day. Creative.

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