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I am refusing to look back fondly
On the so-called best days and years of my life
So my memories will not deceive me
With rose tinted reminiscence and hindsight

School was nothing more than a breeding ground
For close minded and close hearted thinking
Education was drip fed like water
But was too contaminated for drinking

We were fenced in along side our ambition
And watched it fade as we were forced to learn
From teachers for whom our best interests
Did not seem to be any of their concern

Most days it felt more like a factory
Than a fertile field of free thought
Manufacturing these children’s futures
With the useless information that they taught

Truth is they were bound by bureaucracy
Their once nurturing hands tied up in red tape
And without any passion for teaching
They began to neglect and humiliate

So I’d go to the library, see spaces on shelves
This told me that there were others like me
Wanting to lose themselves between book covers
Before losing their true identity

So I kept my head down and carried on
With an intention to see it through and depart
And spend the rest of my life trying to shake off
Those silent school days from my silent heart
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Ava-AvaRose Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I am currently in the prison called High School, and your words echo so many of the thoughts floating in my head. Literally, I connect with so much of what you are saying; just replace library shelves with a kindle :) The way you are able to express your ideas so clearly is a talent few have. Keep writing and never give up.
Thanks for posting,
Ava
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   General Artist
hey :) thanks for your comment. I am glad you can connect with the poem. Makes it worthwhile writing and posting it when I know people have been through or are going through the same thing :)

thank you! :)
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Ava-AvaRose Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Your welcome:) But honestly, your writing is amazing. Would you mind if I print this off to share with a couple of friends? 
Ava
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   General Artist
:) that would be really nice. So cool to imagine people reading something i have wrote.

thanks for asking permission too! i appreciate that

have a great day :)
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Ava-AvaRose Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Thanks, you too. :)
Ava
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I took my son out of public school and am homeschooling him for these very reasons. I will refer to your words every time someone criticizes me for that choice!!!  Thank you!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
:) i definitely think home schooling is the best way for some children. I know i would have definitely benefited from it.

thanks for the comment :)
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
You're welcome and me too!!  I hated school.........
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Really accurate
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   General Artist
:) thank you for comment and fave
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