January 28th, 2011
This lovely poem by Sharon Draper about an inspirational teacher appears in Steven Layne’s recent book, Igniting a Passion for Reading. Enjoy and happy Poetry Friday!
I was ten and full of wonder
Anxious then for school to start
With red plaid dress and brand new crayons
Fifth grade dawned to grab my heart.
Our teacher met us at the door
How low and silky hummer her voice
A mystery of books and chalk dust
She offered challenge, change and choice.
She wore pearls and silky dresses
Laughed and cheered each sweet success
Marched with us to higher visions
Never stooped or stopped for less.
Cloakroom hooks and home for lunch time
Days of hot and cold extremes
Games for math and bees for spelling
Fifth grade memories, magic, dreams.
With a smile she taught us patience
Whispered secrets breathed us strong
Words and rhymes and tales of beauty
Filled our minds with joy and song.
Through her wisdom we dreamed visions
Of fruits of pride and hope’s moist vine
Because of her life, I am a teacher
Touching lives as she touched mine.
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