Literacy

Just one alphabet,
an imprint on the brain,
and you’ll never forget
or be puzzled again.

If you use your head,
you can save your feet;
the mind must be fed
and a book is a treat.

Reading and writing
are private activities
but mingling’s the thing
in your towns and your cities.

The retail and wholesale
of popular cultures:
peacock and nightingale,
enjoyed by vultures.

One day in the evening,
you’ll want to impart
the frustrated meaning
that’s hurting your heart.

Misunderstanding’s
a product of fear,
but all happy endings
are perfectly clear.

And something is learned
when professors are fooled
and the children are turned
into the overschooled.

Don’t study too long,
after you’re literate,
go totally wrong
and still be an idiot.

Literacy

Nancy Ames

Calgary, Canada

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A few rhyming thoughts from a life-long student who had to learn street-smarts the hard way. (But I’m much better now.)

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