Poetry Friday: A Lonely Profession

July 10th, 2009

This it the first entry we received for our “Teaching Life” poetry contest. It comes from Troy Rushmore, a second grade teacher from Frontier Valley Elementary School.

We are looking for more entries, so get writing! We are looking for poems from teachers that describe your teaching life, what you’ve learned, your journey to teaching, or any other classroom experience. The best five poems, selected by Stenhouse editor Bill Varner, our regular Poetry Friday poem picker, will win a free Stenhouse book! Send entries to zmcmullin@stenhouse.com. Contest ends Sept. 1 and poems will be posted as we receive them each week throughout the summer. The winners will be announced Sept. 5.

A Lonely Profession
By Troy Rushmore

A lonely profession teaching can be…
Like the last leaf of fall,
Clinging,
Looking for the strength to hold on.

Each day you are drained,
The wind blows,
You begin to flutter,
Yet you find the strength and energy,
to cling one more day.

But where is that strength found…

Students
Smiling,
Celebrating,
Questioning, and more…

Colleagues
Encouraging,
Accepting,
Pushing you to grow…

A lonely profession teaching could be…
Like that last leaf of fall,
Clinging,
Looking for the strength to hold on.
But strength is not found by holding onto the branch,
But by letting go
to see
where
the wind
might
take you.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jama  |  July 10th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Love this!

  • 2. stella Villalba  |  July 10th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Beautiful…I love the ending…probably my favorite part…” letting go to see where the wind might take you.” Absolutely.

  • 3. Mrs. V  |  July 10th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The last part was my favorite too. It was a twist that made the poem even more powerful.

  • 4. Fran Hewett  |  July 10th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I love this poem. My favorite part is:
    Students
    Smiling,
    Celebrating,
    Questioning, and more…
    because that is where I find my strength too.

  • 5. Dollie Evans  |  July 10th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Wow-now that is poetry! Absolutely beautiful.
    Dollie

  • 6. Karen Berg  |  July 11th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Wow! Troy, powerful writing. Even though it is summer, your writing brings me back to the frantic pace of a school year and the isolation that exists. The students and their smiles are what give me energy too. Why does it have to be lonely?

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