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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)

TITLE: Curriculum
By Norma OGrady
07/25/04

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Children come with different backgrounds, color and creeds
While awaiting their daily ration
Several are dressed in the latest fashion
Few get the basics of what they need

So many children come to class
Over crowding does surpass
The numbers so exceed
No help for this child to succeed

Even with urban renewal
Children are still so cruel
Laughing at another's clothes and name
They become good at the game

Look in any school you choose
There will be those that muse
Learning to underplay
By diverting attention away

So many parent's on drugs
Responsibility they shrug
Lack of interest in the child
Let them go to run wild

The child they do betray,
By drinking alcohol everyday.
Violating their trust,
Sexual advances do disgust.

Secrets brought to school
Some smiles are meant to fool
Used as a pawn
Can never tell what goes on

The child hears the news,
Being so abused,
Beaten and bruised,
Must not accuse,

Elementary school is a place,
Where children should feel safe,
To get help when in need,
On this we can concede.

My prayer sent above
Is always to show children love
When I look into their face
God give me the needed grace

In this I poem I do assert
Let me help and never hurt
Never ever to self-doubt
Remember God will work it out


Member Comments
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Angela Moore07/26/04
A very "raw" poem. The rhythm was choppy and made it hard to keep up. Thank goodness there are those who care.
Norma OGrady07/26/04
Not all lessons are learned at school.
I am not sure what you mean by "raw" I am rushing through some of these topics as I did with this one.
Thank you for your comments
Yashua bless
Norma
Melanie Kerr 07/26/04
Whne there are huge classes there are some pupils that get forgotten. I would love for school to bring down the number to something more effective.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
I always admire someone who can write poetry.
Deborah Anderson07/26/04
Thank you Norma and God bless you in Jesus Name.
Anthony David07/30/04
Dear Norma, an exellent poem, and an inspiring one too! Keep up the good work!