...from the list of children...
by rob walker

_those who despite years of parental bubble-wrap will hurt themselves on sharp___edges

___those who learn to use their smile as a self-serving weapon

______those who are never remembered or soon forgotten through their limited intelligence and dull compliance

_________those who challenge too often, push envelopes, stress teachers and become great successes

______those with overbearing violent fathers who will be submissive for twenty years before unexpectedly murdering someone

___those passive resistors who expend more
energy avoiding work
than work itself

_those who decide their future aged five,
quietly and doggedly achieve it

_the child with uncontrollable rage who is patiently and firmly guided to succeed

_the child not remembered for brilliance or inspiration
who changes the world

Illya's Honey Literary Journal

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