Kindergarten and the Golden Rule by Joel Wong

A poem by Joel Wong

In kindergarten I learned the golden rule,
Be kind to everyone, always tell the truth.
As I grow up the real world reveals,
Greed, politics and chicanery prevail.

The bad folks seem to be omnipresent,
Decent folks seem to be in absence.
Should I hold on to the golden rule,
Even though the teachings don’t seem very true?

Kindness can be a powerful light,
Piercing through the thick of the night.
Even though bad deeds seem ever-present,
Kind folks will prevail through perseverance.

So let’s be kind, thoughtful and true,
Make our world better for me and you.
In a world that seems cold and indifferent,
Kindergarten lessons can make the difference!


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