Sunday, July 22, 2018

Give me a teacher who gives a damn,
needs to know more than my name,
strains for the song I have not sung,
follows me in my ennui
to find my fishing hole.

Give me a teacher who gives a damn,
seduces, surprises,
spades the soil of me,
fertilizes feelings for what is fair,
with anger at what is not,
hope for solutions,
appetite for application.

Give me a teacher who gives a damn,
who tenders truth and trust
more than rules and roles,
favors sticky freedoms
over cool controls,
who risks career and cares
to take a stand for students,
is not unknown to laugh.

I can build you a future in what I am.
when you give me a teacher who gives a damn.

July 1986