Can You, Teacher, Can You

15 Jan

What do I write
In a world gone mad
Who can listen
Above the gunshots
That echo across
The classrooms of the world

Who can read
You said they could
You said they were in school
Look, they have the book
What do they do with it
If they cannot read?

Can they do their sums
Have you shown them how
Can they keep themselves safe
Will they be able to count
When the time comes to stand
And be counted

Did you remember to play
Did you remember to laugh
Did the games show them
How much they are capable of
Did the day put a smile on their face
Did they know trust beyond the face-off?

Did they feel the joy
Of the physics of the foot ball
Bone connecting with leather
Did they know what drove it thither
Did they see the ball arc in the sky
Know the science that makes it fly?

Did they ask- who, what, how, why
Could they seek, did they know to try
Did they remember to share
What they learnt. Did anyone care?
Did you ask them if they have eaten?
Or did the rat race get them after all…

This was not meant to be a poem
I had a story to share
Of the perfect classroom
Even when the cupboard was bare
I’d watched them at work, seen them at play
Felt them grow a little everyday

That is all we ask of the day at school
That every day, in some little way
We learn to know, we learn to think
In ways beyond auto-sync
A world beyond regurgitate and chew
Teacher, teach me to build, to make anew!
Can you?


One Response to “Can You, Teacher, Can You”

  1. pedro July 25, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    fantastic! beautiful words.

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