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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
realityisfarlessexciting
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:iconflamingodancer123:
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 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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:iconflamingodancer123:
You're welcome and me too!!  I hated school.........
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:iconnightlynxness:
Really accurate
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Sep 22, 2013   General Artist
:) thank you for comment and fave
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Ashbrie13 Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so true.
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Rifle1980 Sep 20, 2013   General Artist
:) thanks for reading and commenting.
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Ashbrie13 Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
np
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equinoxgray Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"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" 

I am utterly in love with the first stanza.. U did a great job on the whole poem too 
Love 
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Rifle1980 Sep 17, 2013   General Artist
hey, thank you for the comment :)

glad you liked that stanza!
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