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What do we teach our children in school?
We teach than two and two make four
and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them:
Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel! You are unique!
There is no other child exactly like you.
In the million years that have passed
there has never been another child like you
Look at your body – what a wonder it is
Your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way they move
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven
When you grow up, you can then harm
another who is like you, a marvel?
You must cherish one another
You must work – we all must work…,
to make this world worthy of its children
who are working for God and for people
Pablo Casals, renowned Spanish Ccellist
This poem was sent in by Rhiona Burke, Binn, Athenry
Written by Pablo Casals
Published here 12 Jan 2023 and originally published December 1996
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