Things They Didn’t Teach Us

They taught us math in school
That two plus two is four
They taught us science and history
Geography and more

They taught us how to square
Draw, paint and dance and sing
They taught us verbs and nouns
And many many more things

But nobody taught us
Things we ought to know
Things that’ll always help us
Wherever we may go

They didn’t teach us how to lay
A claim on happiness
Or taught us to be humble
While enjoying great success

They didn’t tell us that humans
Are struggling everywhere
That an act of kindness
Can really show you care

They didn’t teach us that true love
Is more valuable than bread
That people need appreciation
Much before than they are dead

They didn’t teach us to gaze
At the wild and open sky
Or that it takes courage
To own up to a lie

I guess that these are things
That one cannot be taught
Only can be learned
Not borrowed or even bought


7 thoughts on “Things They Didn’t Teach Us

  1. A wonderful poem to think about. So true, in school they taught us the basics (math, english, geography, science, etc), but the focus was never on how to be happy, when we feeling sad, or how to be kind to someone if they are suffering, or how to see beauty in our surroundings. I do feel this is taught by a family member, a teacher, a friend. Someone with a happy spirit can change other people’s lives for the better. There are SPECIAL people who KNOW how to look at their life or the world and turn a sad situation into a happy one. If we can find these kind of people in our lives, we become happy too — it’s hard to be around a happy person and still be gloomy.

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  2. I really enjoyed your poem…. To me, those meaningful things are probably more taught by the actions of some people around us, so the teaching is not always by spoken lesson. If we’re lucky to have people around us who show compassion and kindness. Also, lessons in books, like by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Authors who share their hearts.

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