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As a child
The lessons taught
Can bring a pain never thought.

The lessons on trust
And heartache
Sear the soul. 

Leaving us less than
What is seen as whole.
Lessons of love
leaving us afraid
to reach out towards
another heart.

Learning to adapt
Learning to adjust
Learning horrors
Never taught
In school.

We learn to live
By learning how
to survive.

Lessons of the heart
Lessons some never learn
How a child can