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The Nanny

the shift lead does the work
while the owner does her thing
stuck dead center in the middle
flying with a weight on each wing

with little led but left to lead
few notice efforts done
I see the magic that you do
and Im not the only one

the nanny rears the children
the translator joins a talk
the messenger carries the message
you raise, you bridge, you walk  

in the center of both sides
of the prinicipal and the student
both resent the whats implemented
though the teacher knows what's prudent

you bare the responsibility
we push and pull you door
unappreciated, tired
as we only beg for more

the fingers link the hands
911 brings hurt to aid
the glue bonds the two together
you unite, you help, you braid

I will honor what you do
you've gained my trust a new 
cause all that's better is in view
I always think of you



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