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People always look to lay blame
It's your fault, I have this problem
you could have been, more like your brother
you make the choices, that determine your life

Yet in truth, it's more like percentages
To say, that parents have no effect on children
Is a lie, the way we talk to our kids, affects development 
yet children steal, children take drugs,

Children also make decisions, that affect their lives
most mothers, don't put drugs in the hands of their child,
yet some do, some parents have drug problems,
some parents, teach their children to take drugs

To say that your life is only about your choices, is wrong
but your attitude and choice's, do affect your life,
but where do we get out attitudes from,
some is developed within the self,

Children decide what they like, 
a child watching, people on television, jump bikes
can think, that's great, that's what I want to do,
so television, can impact on the attitude of the child,

Friends can encourage the child to take drugs, 
friends can encourage the child to steal, 
friends can have an effect, on the attitude of the child,
how many of you, have sat and talked with a friend,

attempting to change their attitude,
A child learns from it's parents, it's teacher, it's friends
and from themselves, we think for ourselves,
we choose to believe and not believe, what people tell us,

a child on the street, with no parents, 
decided to study at university, reading in doorways 
she changed her life, with her attitude,
parents can teach children to use  drugs,

But the child, can also decide to stop taking the drugs,
and get an education, life is about percentages, 
parents do affect, the lives we have, with what they teach,
nothing is black and white, 

yet you also affect, your life, you and only you, have control,
you can walk away from parents, friends and everyone else,
but you can't walk away from yourself,
today tomorrow and the next day, you can be there for yourself,

you can learn, to improve your education, 
you can learn, to make life more exciting,
you can go skydiving, 
you can find love,

You can overcome your anger, 
you can learn, to care about other people,
you can improve your sense of humour,
and turn your life, into one, where you have fun

Copyright © Bernard Barclay | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 1/17/2017 4:23:00 AM

    Dear Bernard,you carefully and wonderfully portrayed the world in which children live now keep up
  1. Date: 1/17/2017 4:22:00 AM

    Good poem