Radical Ideas

When you’re an American teacher
In Sweden,
Your job is often extra
Here everyone is expected
To conform.
And neutral complacency
Is the norm.
But I try to teach them
Ideas radical.
And instill some passion
Most emphatical.
That self-reliance and defiance
Are okay.
(Though neither of these is the
Swedish Way.)
And it won’t hurt them to
Have opinions.
We really don’t need more
Mindless minions
Of the Nanny State, handing all
Their needs.
I’m encouraging dissent among
Young Swedes.

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