TO THE TEACHER OF LIFE

If ever I’ve been grateful, let it be

The times you’ve waited patiently and still,

The moments when I’ve made you proud of me;

I know through all of this you’ve had your fill.

But something tells you that I’m worth your pain;

I hear your voice reiterating points.

I swallow up your lessons for my gain,

I hope they echo in my writing’s joints.

“(Whatever course) and Life,” your theme of choice,

These are the courses I remember well;

You’ve taught me how to think and use my voice

For things I never thought I’d show and tell.

If ever I’ve been grateful, hear me now:

I thank you for it all and take a bow.

[Written to Dr. C, 2009]

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