Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Your Children Taught Well - by Bob Atkinson

Your Children Taught Well
(c)2013 Bob Atkinson


Graham got the idea long ago
from watching children play
games adults thought were cool
in their much distorted way

cops and robbers shooting up
the town for what was right
soldiers killing on the field
to express a nation's might

Hollies didn't see the gain
in producing such a twist
on the age old adage
teach maturity to your kids

discipline of mind and thought
not confused with freedom's pride
instills the progress we all need
as to our egos identified

that which makes us better
not that which gives us wealth
those treasures of a lifetime
true, pure, and heartfelt

Garcia pedaled such good notes
in his effort to expand
abilities of the Dead
before dying like a man

as we travel through these themes
let us carry onward within our lives
in that tradition of full respect
for what is rightfully applied

the old song had, as cats do
many lives of some great note
filling inner needs of those
who sung lyrics and bespoke

feelings of the grateful men
who saw as their duty plain
children should be led beyond
that selfishness we disdain




Teach Your Children Well
Poemwriter: Graham Nash
you who are on the road
must have a code
that you can live by
and so become yourself

because the past is just a goodbye

teach your children well

their father's hell
will slowly go by
and
feed them on your dreams
the one they pick
the one you'll know by

don't you ever ask them why
if they told you
you would cry
so just look at them and sigh

and know they love you

and you, of tender years
can't know the fears
that your elders grew by
and
so please help them
with your youth
they seek the truth
before they can die

can you hear
and
do you care
and
can't you see we must be free
to teach our children
what you believe in
make a world that we can believe in

teach your parents well
their children's hell
will slowly go by
and
feed them on your dreams
the ones they pick
the one you'll know by

don't you ever ask them why
if they told you, you would cry
so just look at them and sigh
and
know they love you

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