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Below is the poem entitled PROFESSORS OF THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS which was written by poet Danny Nunn. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Some people are of the belief, that teacher come from one place
From a school or university, with degrees all over the wall
Know great big fancy words, recites Shakespeare
With IQ's a mile high, that would put most to a disgrace
When in reality, have no common sense at all
Have read all the books and can pass any test that might appear

Which is all fine and good, but there is a limit to everything
Like a preacher needs to practice what he preaches after a sermon
Like a teacher, should be able to use what he teaches in the field 
If they cannot, all that knowledge doesn't mean a thing
Or he did not learn from his lesson
Therefore not much in his overall yield

I have been to a university and have a degree
It is just a piece of paper, not sure where the diploma is at
Vietnam War was going on and seemed like a good thing at the time
It was BS and so was the degree
Their version of ranching did not fit under my cowboy hat
But were ever so happy to take every nickel and dime

My best teacher have been old hobos and old cowboys
The ones that rode the rails and have been on a bronc or two
Knowing quitting time is when the job is done, not punching time clocks
Not saying a word for days at a time of making Saturday night noise
Working with what they had and doing what they had to do

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  1. Date: 2/12/2010 4:22:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry here at PoetrySoup. I have enjoyed reading it today. Have a wonderful weekend filled with inspiration Danny. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 12:11:00 PM
    Interesting topic of learning from life and applying what we learn. So of the hardest and best lessons that I have learned have been in the hard times and the lean times. Keep the creative pen flowing. Thanks for stopping by commenting on my work. Sara