To My Teacher

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You are the star in my sky
Alone
In the blue sky

You gave me courage to fly
When the Taliban broke my wings
And broke my heart

You were there to guide me
You told me,
Try! If you try, you can fly!

When they left me along the highways
You took my hand
And changed my life

You showed me
The meaning of being a brave lady

You taught me
How to work for liberty
How to be human and support other humans

You gave me freedom from darkness
You are a candle
Your imprint on my life is like a fairy’s

By Nelab

Photo by Tom O’Neill


Comments

  1. Dearest Nelab,

    I am so happy to see your lovely and loving poem on the blog! Congratulations on your first poem posted.
    I look forward to working with you again!
    Liz

  2. What a wonderful ode to teachers! I want to make cards for all of my important teachers and include this poem. You pay yours such beautiful respect here. Well done. Stacy

  3. I keep re-reading these two stanzas:

    You are the star in my sky
    Alone
    In the blue sky

    You gave me courage to fly
    When the Taliban broke my wings
    And broke my heart

    You break my heart–open.

    Stacy

  4. Dorinda Ares says:

    Every time I read a piece on this site, my eyes fill with tears. I say to myself, “what good are my tears?” It takes a moment. I collect myself and realize that, indeed, my tears are worth something very valuable. Always, one line will jump out at me and capture my imagination, my humanity, my heart… So, dear Nelab, your poem today touched me and the line, “You are a candle,” grabbed my heart. It spoke to me of places where there is little or no light at all. And then, like a beautiful sunrise — your teacher and your poem, together — brings light to those places.

  5. Dear Nelab,
    Welcome to AWWP. As a teacher, your poem is very inspiring. This is a beautiful tribute to your teacher and to education. Thank you.

    Elisabeth

  6. this poem took about 2 seconds to move from my heart to the tears from my eyes

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