Do not seek to make headlines
until you've learned to read the footnotes.
Unless you've done your homework,
fame will make you look the fool.

                                                                        -- Mahlon H. Smith

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* Note: This reflection is from an entry
in the author's journal
dated 6 February 1968
and published here for the first time.

Collected Poems
Mahlon H Smith

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