When Liberal Becomes Ambivalent

I was taught 31 digits of pi

And to ask "how?" not "why?"

I was taught how to solve for x

And how to prepare for tests

 

I was taught how to read, write and speak

I was taught to look at everything I see

But why wasn't I taught more about drugs?

How numb you become to watch drugs consume someone you love?

 

Why wasn't I taught about rape?

That it isn't always that cliche textbook case?

That my friend's brother at that 4th of July party

Who was drunk and intoxicated off liquid Molly

Was capable of raping me?

Funny how a night dedicated to independence

Was the death of my freedom

 

Why wasn't I taught how to cope;

That the only thing stronger than fear is hope?

Why wasn't I taught how to breathe;

After everyone I'd ever loved leaves?

 

Why wasn't I taught about finances?

That one wrong move from my mother would leave us homeless?

Why didn't anyone teach me how to sleep outside in the cold?

How to forgive, forget and learn to let go?

 

Why is it so important for me to learn about geometry?

Right angles never saved me from misery.

Why was it so important for me to learn about old dead guys?

They've never kept the thought of suicide from my mind.

 

 

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