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The Canvas

This poem is a farewell piece of advice to a group of students I have taught over the last four years. I do 
hope they find the metaphor meaningful and believe that they are the "architects of their own future."

Spread before you is a canvas of hope and opportunity Waiting to be painted with strokes of what you are and can be Waiting to be filled with colours that define you and the life you live Waiting to be stamped with the personality that only you can give To the portrait of your life, by itself a work of art A work which, on this day, with vigour you will start Spread before you is a canvas of vision and desire Waiting to be sketched with shades of passion and fire Waiting to be decorated with a story and theme Waiting to be etched with ambition that is now just a dream Of a picture whose tone, texture and style Would have made this work worth all the while Spread before you is a canvas, empty, yet full of space Waiting to be stroked with your wit, charm and grace Waiting to be brushed with strokes daring, vivid and bold Waiting to be painted with a story that can be told Of a life whose essence is one of sublime beauty Of a person who lived his life and did his duty Of a person who lived life the way it should be Of a complete canvas that will reflect many a memory.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2009 4:22:00 PM
    I wanted to just stop by and add to my other two comments. Congratulations on making it through the first round in the contest. Good luck in the finals! Karen

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 2:46:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals Alister. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2009 11:11:00 PM
    I'd like to thank every single one of you who has commented on this poem. Like all my poems, it means a lot to me and your comments are most encouraging. Thank you.

  1. Date: 7/11/2009 2:53:00 PM
    Hey, thy theme, thrust and tone teach, tell the tender-hearted to tread thoughtfully... I hope to be a teacher to and I think these words are needed to build a generation of God fearing youth. You are such a wonderful poet. Please keep writing and congratulations on your awesome piece being featured this week. You are great Alister! Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/10/2009 9:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on being featured this week! A deserved recognition, Alister!! I love this poem. Good job. Ruben.

  1. Date: 7/10/2009 12:29:00 AM
    Alister, congrats on your feature...Raul

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 2:25:00 PM
    Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem featured to my other comment. I wish you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 12:22:00 PM
    I hope your students enjoyed this poem! Congratulations on your wonderful featured poem! Laura :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 10:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem>>James

  1. Date: 7/6/2009 6:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week. Amazing dedication to your students Alister. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/5/2009 11:24:00 PM
    It's a great job. Congratulations and more power and success. God bless.

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 11:13:00 PM
    Thank you all for the comments. They have been quite encouraging and motivating. Alister

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 9:43:00 PM
    Beautiful poem--so uplifting. What a wonderful farewell to your students. This is something I'm sure they will remember. Well done. Thank you for sharing it with us. Karen

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 12:24:00 PM
    It's a thrill to read. All the best.

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 12:42:00 AM
    Beautiful work, very insightful and encouraging...Raul

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 12:02:00 AM
    As a former teacher, I love the way you present the opportunities young people have to shape their lives in meaningful ways. Very wise perspective! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/11/2009 11:49:00 PM
    Thanks Karl. I really hope they do.

  1. Date: 5/11/2009 11:18:00 PM
    Great poem, your students will love it