I Can Teach

October 7, 2007

I can teach you things but
I cannot make you learn.

I can allow you freedom
but I cannot be responsible for you.

I can teach you to share but
I cannot make you unselfish.

I can tell you about kindness but
I cannot make you gracious.

I gave you life but
I cannot live it for you.

Joy, until we have felt sorrow;
Faith until we are tested;
Peace, until we are faced with conflict;
Trust, until we are betrayed;
Love until it is lost;
Hope, until we are faced with doubts
give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams.
Your duty, your reward, your destiny, is in the present moment.

  • Christopher Mathew September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Be careful…. parts of this poem come from a much earlier copyrighted poem by Patrick Atkinson called “Message for My Child. You can find that full poem at