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]