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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)

TITLE: A Thankful Teacher
By Shari Armstrong
10/31/06


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The teacher was teaching,
But there was no doubt
The students were waiting
For school to be out.

Their eyes glazing over,
Like so many donuts,
They sighed and waited
To be out of their ruts.

The clock was being watched
By many pairs of eyes,
Trying to focus, but not
Losing sight of the prize.

Recess was a mem’ry.
The students were wiggling,
Johnnie made a face,
And the kids started giggling.

The blackboard had notes
About a time long ago,
A time of thanksgiving
And friendship, you know.

It was about more than
Turkey, funny hats and stuff.
It was a time to be thankful
When things were tough.

The teacher was frustrated
That she couldn’t share more.
But the board had spoken,
If she did, out the door.

God placed her here,
The young lives to touch.
She could only pray
That it would be enough.

With each passing year,
God was left out more.
But, she prayed for each
As they walked out the door.

For each child she prayed,
That she’d planted some seeds.
That the gospel would shine
Through her love and her deeds.

Each day she was thankful,
For a path being paved
By her work in the school
For young souls to be saved.


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Amy Michelle Wiley 11/03/06
Great poem. The rythmn was a little rough in spots, but I love the message!
Marilyn Schnepp 11/05/06
The rhyme and rhythm was off a bit...but great message and lasting thoughts. Very nice.
Jan Ackerson 11/06/06
What I liked most about this is that it perfectly captured what Christian teachers in public schools do--we show the students a godly life, we pray for them, and we find subtle ways to shine. Awesome poetry.
Joanne Sher 11/06/06
Very heartfelt - the first stanza was great especially. And what a great message - you did a fine job here!
Sara Harricharan 11/08/06
Loved this! It was funny and enjoyable to read, I think you did a great job!
Val Clark11/09/06
Realistic! I can see those kids wriggling and watching the clock. And the heart of this teacher shone through.
Monique Fox11/13/06
Please post more of your poems at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/