Monday, June 16, 2014

The Fault of Social Training - by Bob Atkinson

The Fault of Social Training
(c)2014 Bob Atkinson

Goldsmith devoted paragraphs
to the weakness of our kind
in bringing up our youth
sending them to circumcise

all demons of disorder
all thoughts brought into
a mind with application
of respect for monies few

philosophy tears the heart out
of ambition to build again
out of nothing something greater
than we had with empty hands

empty hands no longer afflict
our sons view of themselves
when books they read of simple deeds
take the place of industry's challenge

my son did not have fire
in his head for accomplishment
no wish to work his hardest
for himself or for the man

it did not phase him dearly
that in short life he needed to
grasp every opportunity
to those mountains move

my fault, I do believe now
put books there in his hand
in open disdain for entertainment
as an alternative to seeking fame

so when I charge myself with hurt
my hurt comes from within
good intentions don't overcome
what's driven into heads

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