they were pumping math and science

into my brain

making english and latin

course through my veins

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but in their efforts

the stuff that stuck the best

was never written on a chalkboard

never graded on a test

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i learned the art

the pursuit of dreams

that saying "carpe diem"

isn't quite as cliche as it seems

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i learned to take his hand

and make him dance

to roll in the dirt

despite the ants

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i learned to drop the kite

and watch it fly

and that you never actually

have to say good-bye

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sometimes instinct

and intellect clash

and only pure whim and wish

survive the crash

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life is for those that live

and death is for those that don't

and sometimes if you're not quick to jump

you'll find yourself seabound with no boat

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this year i learned alot

from the books on teachers' shelves

but i learned a whole lot more

about believing in myself