Preface: This is a poem I wrote in partial fulfillment of my Communication Studies School-Based Assessment for CAPE. It is meant as a tribute to hardworking and passionate teachers, who are often underpaid and undervalued. I hope you enjoy it.
Each day I wake to see their little smiles
To nurture and inspire is my passion
They groan as I take worksheets from my files
they’re shoved in backpacks in reluctant fashion
Late nights see me frustrated with their grades,
while marking piles of homework in my room;
but my determination never fades
I run on the desire to see them bloom
I work to see the “ah ha!” in their eyes-
the point at which they grasp the things I teach;
I feel accomplished as I see them rise
to heights I always wished that they would reach!
Despite long hours that I must endure,
I am repaid by watching them mature.