Tribute To Teaching
by Katie Begin

Gone are the days where a child’s appreciation is represented
by a meek smile or an anonymous apple amongst the clutter of papers
However simple that apple may be, it has an inner beauty
shown only in the star of seeds hidden in its heart
But however simple this gift may be and however carefully
it is placed in a humble corner of the worn desk
the child is always found, with his head hung low and his gaze fixed on the floor
He is the one with the desk in the corner
Never wishing to be called on
He is the one who has hung onto every word that you have ever recited
every comment you wrote in purple ink on his B+ work
He is the one who will always remember you
And I, though with no token of appreciation save this little poem
I will always remember you

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Poem Copyright © 2001 by Katie Begin


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