What Does This Child Know?

by bdhesse

What does this child know?

They are so smart in many ways,

But still they are so dumb.

I would like to say this is just their age,

But that is not the case.

It saddens me to say,

That their ignorance that has left them this way.

So what does this child know?

They know how to count and how to spell.

And they can pray and they can play.

They can get good grades, even an A.

But this is not enough.

They know a lot and yet so little.

They know their facts,

They can read their books.

But this is still not enough.

Now what does this child know?

It seems a lot,

Yet something is missing,

For they know not how to think.

They know the language and they know how to speak,

But do they know what the words really mean?

They can repeat what they are told and they can memorize the facts,

But do they know what those facts mean?

They know what you say,

But do they know why you say it?

They know what you do,

But do they know why you do it?

They know what they are told,

But do they know why you tell them to do it?

So what does this child know?

Sister comforting her brother

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