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Rated: E · Poetry · Personal · #2131867
Welcoming the new school year.

From the view of a teacher I have to concede
that it’s better for children to add, write and read.
So I welcome the school year with joy in my heart
hoping minds of tomorrow will get a good start.

Here I am at my desk with a syllabus plan;
every pupil potential, as much as they can.
Basic learning the key for inquiring minds;
the three R’s form definitive, exquisite lines.

As to reading, perhaps Charles Dickens will do;
Expectations so Great, Tale of Cities, those Two.
Moby Dick is adventure, a whale of a book;
Perhaps sonnets of Shakespeare will warrant a look.

Oh the reading is aerobics for mental might;
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer registers right.
To be sure, modern books are essential, of course;
Harry Potter remains an invaluable force.

There is writing transcending the stroke of a pen;
(I see students with lined notebooks sitting again.)
Thus I grin when I think of what writing can be
by the talent untapped in the vast human sea.

Be it sentence or paragraph—essay extant;
for the most part they overcome thoughts of, I can’t.
Pencils sharpened to fine points of number two lead;
there is sharpness I value inside every head.

Now the math can appear as a block-causing fall;
it is true it is not to be everyone’s call.
Still the basics are rounding in life as a whole;
plays a part in adulthood, whatever the roll.

Long division, percentage, some algebra, sure;
put the mind to the test and let magic occur.
Not the mystical type that the fantasies find;
this is power unleashed by the power of mind.

I arrange for arrival, the young in my class;
there is knowledge beyond Wonderland’s looking glass.
Gaining knowledge is much like a treasure trove turn,
for the journey begins when one’s eager to learn.

I anticipate gladly another school year
since the boys and the girls that I teach are so dear.
Praise the minds of tomorrow, praise be to the schools
because reading and writing and ‘rithmetic rule.



40 Lines
Anapestic Tetrameter
8-21-17

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