An education

I tell you

I teach you

The facts, the information, the knowledge.

I repeat, review, re-phrase

Recognise the resistance

Re-double my efforts.

I get frustrated.

Why can’t you

Do as I say

Not as I did?

I don’t want you to make the same mistakes

I can’t bear to see you suffer the same pains

I shudder in the imagining of the same risks

History must not repeat.

Unless it must.

Do the best teachers tolerate this?

Loving so hard that they let go

Never saying I told you so

Having faith it won’t be so

And if it is, just being there

And helping mend those pieces.

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