You can lead a horse to water
But you can’t make it drink
If the only lake is a lagoon
And the stagnant water stinks.
Animals may be “dumb” or “stupid”
That may be your true thought
But the horse won’t drink poisoned liquids
And that’s not something it ever needed taught.
You can lead a child in the way to grow
But you can’t make them exact
And those who have tried now know
Concepts, not statements, keep one intact.
You can stand in front of a classroom
And completely lack a brain
But parents let you lie and “teach”
Which is a damn crying shame.
You can lead a man to knowledge
And beg him to simply read
But don’t tell me it’s college
Which runs simply to fill a vacuous greed.
Because if you really led him to wisdom
There wouldn’t exist a need
For once you’ve tasted, you have a hunger
Wisdom always needs to feed.
You can lead a horse to water,
And you can drown it in the drink
If you believe you’re teaching
But the lesson doesn’t sink.
When you lead the horse to water
And try to make it drink
You can’t just preach facts and figures
You have to teach how to think.
Copyright © Jonathan J. | Year Posted 2022
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