A child rarely picks up a paintbrush and within seconds
produces something identical to the Mona Lisa.
Crisp papers and a pallet of colors
can only get someone so far.
in that we can agree.
So how come you expect olympians
out of the school children?
Babies are raised with high heels
and an I O U note
for the most successful future out there.
There is no childhood.
There is jr work squads and disciplinary actions
to straighten the backs into looking straight
ahead instead of into the skies.
Worries about numbers and letters that mark
and I.d. a permanent impression
Prodigy they tell me
as if it was a synonym for Machiavellian or olympian
Childhood I respond
the absence is sending them to an early grave.