Sure, tell me the facts
Tell me what works and what doesn’t
But for some of us to create the future we really want
There has to be a seed of dissatisfaction
with how things are right now.
So when you tell us, dear teacher
That our ‘dreams are unrealistic’
Be sure not to extinguish the very light
You have been mandated to nurture.
And when you try to
‘Protect us from being hurt’
Keep in mind that what will hurt more
Than the failure to reach our goals
Is your failure to support us
In getting there.
Speak to reality
But don’t crush possibility
Coz if we stop believing that things could be different
Then we’re really screwed.