Teach the children mercy.
Teach exceptional people exceptional things.
Teach kind people street smarts.
Teach cynics about love.

Teach a new mother the things
that mothers know after a while:
that their child is different
(like every child);

that they will not break even
if faced with gross cruelty
and indifference;

and that the lessons we convey
push the world ever forward
as they grow, and teach in turn.

Much is made of figureheads
and history books, and that’s fine.
But right now, while we live
together here, I beg you – teach.

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