Her hair is matted, there is dirt on her face
But she smiles and laughs,
She knows not of disgrace.
She doesn't worry, you won't see her cry,
And she forever brings
So much joy to my life.
His shoes don't match, his clothes are torn
But he pulls on my hand,
He can't see people's scorn.
He has no bed for sleeping, no water to bathe,
Yet his heart is as pure
As God's holy faith.
I watch as they play, as they frolic with joy
I see as he swings her
And she offers him her toy.
My heart begins aching, my soul starts to hurt
I wish I could save them
From the pain of their world.
I know their chances of success are so slim
I know their reality
Still hasn't set in.
I know they are part of a world different than mine
A world that will hurt them
That will leave them to die.
I know they may someday drop out of school
And then become parents
Because they never had rules.
I know at some point he could end up in juvy
Because of a fight
where he got too unruly.
I don't want to believe
Their lives hold so little.
I don't want to believe their existence is futile.
I want to believe their life is a canvas
But I know time will snatch
Their futures, like a bandit.
I can't change reality,
I can't change the facts
Statistics have shown many times in the past
That children like them are likely to fail
And nothing I do
Will help them prevail.
But that cannot stop me, I won't let it be the end
I won't get discouraged
I will try to transcend.
I will love and cherish our moments together
I'll stand by their side
Through all types of weather.
So for now, she smiles; For now, he laughs.
For now their world is still up to chance.
I'll shake off my sadness
And believe in their future.
I'll always believe,
Because I am their teacher.