Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thanks for making my year special. I know you all have bright futures ahead! Please enjoy the poem below written and performed by Taylor Mali. I have also included the written version below for you to hold on to if you wish! Powerful words!
"I Teach for the Fire" by Taylor Mali
I teach for the fire, the moment of ignition, the spark,
that light bulb of cognition going on in the dark
over an adolescent's head. O beautiful incandescence,
dazzling the dead air all around my room;
he tries and he tries and he tries and BOOM,
he gets it and you can see it in his eyes!
I teach for that moment.
I teach for the moment all the elephants all realize
that they have wings and can rise above the gutter,
my room aflutter with a thousand hummingbirds-
hovering in place, a rapt expression on every single face,
hanging on every word for one wild minute
as though they were wildflowers.
I teach for that minute.
I teach for the same reason every reason every teacher teaches.
The pebble never knows how long the ripple's reach is,
but I restart my heart each day and learn things
about myself as though I were an empty wooden bucket
and every student a wishing well.
They say those who seek to teach
must never cease to learn.
So, I teach for the moment everything catches fire
and suddenly starts to burn
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