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You Are the Village · 12 June 2012


It takes a village, or so they say;
You do not just get older, then move away.
You follow examples of people you know.
You get their advice, on where you should go.

But as you grow up, you listen and learn:
There are those out there to whom you can turn,
There are others with whom you spend not a minute,
For what they say has no wisdom in it.

You watch and you find a mentor or two,
People who take a great interest in you.
More than your parents or just family,
Are guiding you to be who you want to be.

Teachers and preachers and friends all abound,
They all want to keep you, oh, so safe and sound.
They pour their lives into you, don’t you see?
They all have an interest in who you will be.

For as you grow up, part of the village you’ll be,
A new grown up for the whole world to see.
You’ll be there for the young ones, as up they grow,
You’ll help them to know, the things they should know.

So as you grow up, remember that you
Were always in need of an example or two.
And remember the adage, still true today,
“Your actions are so loud, I can’t hear what you say.”

For now you are someone to whom people go,
When there is something that they ought to know,
Because you are the village, starting today,
Even if you grow up, and just move away.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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