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I was taught right from wrong
By a murderer
I was taught truth from lies
By a magician
I was taught who my friends were
By my enemy
I was taught to be honest
By a professional liar

I was taught to always speak my mind
By being told to keep quiet
I was taught to be kind
By someone that beat me down
I was taught to smile
By someone who could never wipe a scowl of their face
I was taught to love
By being abused

I was taught to live
By someone who was already dead
I was taught to perform
By someone with stage fright
I was taught to be excellent
By someone that failed in everything
I was taught to rely on only my self
By being surrounded with people

I was taught to be perfect
By those that wanted to see me fail
I was taught to be loyal
By everyone that ever walked out of my life
I was taught to make people happy
By everyone who ever made me miserable
I was taught to control my temper
By those with explosive tempers

I was taught to take care of myself
By those who tried to kill me
I was taught what matters to me
By those that took it all away
I was taught how to be a girly girl
By a bunch of boys
I was taught how bad modern medicine can be
By a drug addict

I was taught who deserved my heart
By having my rib cage shattered
I was taught to stand center stage
By having my shoulders disjointed
I was taught not everyone is as nice as they seem
By having my wrist taken out
I was taught how far people are willing to go
By seeing him dying  

This may not makes sense to everyone
But to those it does
They know, just like me
Betrayal is the best teacher

And, what doesn't kill you defines you
This sadly is all some sense or another...But...I don't really hate anyone for it...because I have started to like myself...I work hard...and everything I have is because i had to earn it...and for every bad person i have had in my life..I have had someone equally wonderful...

*EDIT* Thanks to everyone for making this such a huge hit and thank you for all the support and favorites...I always promised if my work got anywhere near the front page I would answer every comment and so far I am doing well...If I am slow to reply pleaes be patient but I will...thank you again for all the this is amazing
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This is so lovely. It really speaks to me. The only way I learned was by being betrayed. It's really true.
Thief-in-darkness Sep 26, 2013  Student Writer
this is beautiful and amazingly true 
Thank you so much...and thank you for taking the time to comment and read
Thief-in-darkness Sep 26, 2013  Student Writer
no prob
admirer4022 Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If we never hurt, we would never know joy. If we never cried, we'd never know special laughter is. If we never walked through the darkness we would never know the peace of finally coming out into the light. I understand perfectly and this poem is so exquisite. I can see why it is your favorite. My motto, from the things in my life exactly like the subjects of this poem, is Discipline, Suffering, Ecstasy. To get cheesy and quote Rise Against, "How we survive is what makes us who we are!"

I am not sure if you believe in souls or a deeper level of spirituality, but consider this. I believe that every single person that has ever had an impact on our life is a member of what I call our Pack, our soul group. Souls, beings, who we have worked and lived and suffered and rejoiced with across all our cycles of existence. Think then, how much a soul, one of your Pack, must love you to take the role in your life of someone who must hurt you. The burden of that Necessity could not be taken by someone that did not love you unconditionally. It is sometimes a cold comfort when the pain is fresh but the profound implications is has on the significance and meaning of our lives lifts me up. Just something to consider.

An EXCELLENT poem! I have no critiques for form, style or flow. Exceptional.
Wow thank you so much... Your comment is really deep...and I kind if agree with you on the soul thing...I have just never thought of it that way...I mean to be honest the people that have hurt me have done it in such cruel and despicable ways I have never thought about how they felt about their role in my life...I have only thought about how I want to grow...and change who I am and how I treat others because of what they have done...just all I can say is wow...I have never had a comment that has made me think this much...thanks for that :) and not a cheesy quote I like that one
admirer4022 Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so glad you liked it, your poem made me think equally deeply. It is a topic I have personally given much thought to but your poem brought it all back to the surface. I admire that you want to change and grow, I believe that's why we are here. And, I believe that, so long as you are learning and trying and growing RIGHT NOW, it doesn't matter what you did in the past. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone does things we are not proud of, what matters is what you learned from it and the life you are living today.

If you haven't heard the song, go listen to "Survive" by Rise Against. And google the "Rise Against Heart Fist." My next tattoo will be the heart fist on my right shoulder cap with the quote "how we survive is what makes us who we are."

Keep growing, keep learning, keep writing. Believe it or not, you are doing an amazing job.
I really like the quote for a tattoo...and thank you it's always nice to hear you aren't doing everything wrong :)
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