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The Teacher

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This poem was inspired by and written for my Central Florida College English Composition Professor Judy Davis


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The Teacher

O Teacher! My Teacher!
I would dare to channel a master just for you.
I know not if I am up to this lofty task,
but it is to your expectation that I try to rise. 
You never asked for anymore than my best
and I love you for never demanding any less.

O Teacher! My Teacher!
If you had not opened a locked door,
the engulfing rays of enlightenment
may never have caressed my yearning face,
or held me tightly in her awakening embrace
releasing the song desperately trapped in my soul.

O Teacher! My Teacher!
You always said I had a great gift.
If that is true, I heap all praise on you.
You have the most wonderful offering of all
for within you rested the ability to recognize
the potential now flowing freely under my pen.

O Teacher! My Teacher!
I will forever hold you in the highest esteem.
I am not certain if mere words could ever express 
the appreciation I have long held for your guiding hand.
Undaunted by the impossible task now in front of me,
this student will once again try to impress his teacher. 




This piece was inspired and written for Professor Judy Davis who taught at the College of Central Florida until she retired. She was my English Literature and Composition teacher the first time I went to college. Many go into teaching, but the special few, like Judy, are called to the profession. She is now enjoying her retirement, but her old student here still communicates with her occasionally. 

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  1. Date: 6/14/2013 11:22:00 AM
    Wonderful poem, very much enjoyed, and thanks for the honorable mention in your contest, much appreciated.

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/14/2013 12:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You and your welcome! Kim
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:15:00 PM
    CONGRATS!!! love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Kim, Congratulations on your sweet awesome free verse win.... you poem rocks... :-) Linda

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Linda Thank You as always! Kim
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 7:01:00 AM
    A poem of inspiration; from inspired teaching Is in itself very inspiring Kim; do pass on my thanks to this dear Judy ;A most enjoyable read you have crafted..Also many thanks on your kind appraisal of my 'efforts' yours Joe..)

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are welcome Joe and thank you for the wonderful comment and for submitting your piece to my contest. Kim
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 4:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Kim xx

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 4:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You!
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 8:10:00 PM
    it is a wonderful poem ~SKAT~

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/31/2013 4:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You again for the compliment! This one came directly from the heart for a lady who is special to me because I know I would not write as well without her influence on me. As I said, some people go into teaching while others are called to it. Judy is one who heard the call.
  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:25:00 AM
    Beautiful and a fitting tribute, I enjoyed reading this, wonderful word play and composition. Congrats on such a wonderful poem.

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/29/2013 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank You! Kim
  1. Date: 5/29/2013 1:25:00 AM
    how wonderful this is. Such a stunning tribute. I would love it if one of my students did this for me!! Who was it for exactly? A teacher from grade school? did you ever read the story of Helen Keller and her great love for Anne Sullivan. I just love that story. BTW, thanks so much for my win. I am very happy you liked my verse.

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/29/2013 5:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You! It was written for and Inspired by a lady named Judy Davis. She was my English Literature and Composition Professor the first time I went to college. Many people go into teaching, but for a special few, like her, it is a calling. She is retired now, but I still communicate with her.
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 11:46:00 PM
    What a stellar ode to one that meant so much to you! Being homeschooled for most of my life I can't say I've really had this experience (being all computer based I wouldn't feel right to call THAT a teacher). Still... she seemed to stir some kindling in you... and lo and behold there was FIRE! Great stuff!

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/28/2013 4:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Judy is a wonderful lady and teacher. She is retired now, but I still communicate with her. If I wrote something that wasn't up to snuff, she would write the words "I know you can do better on it." The result is I always did better and better. Kim
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 6:41:00 PM
    impress her you will. an ode to an important link in your education. From what Ive read she did her best and you did yours. nice write. ran

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/27/2013 6:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You!
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 12:11:00 PM
    HOW ABSOLUTELY FABULOUSLY AMAZING!!! Oh....oh if all students felt this way. One of the most treasured gifts I have gotten from a student of mine is a simple pin with the message: Great Teacher! :) The highest praise a teacher can receive is the praise which you have expressed here: the knowledge that there is potential locked inside that the teacher has brought to light! Of course...to my favs!!!! :) WOW!

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/27/2013 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh God! How I do love your comments. This came directly from the heart. I wrote this for my College English Comp. Professor Judy Davis.
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 12:11:00 PM
    this so resonates with me, kim... as a prof, your splendid words kindle the spirit of both mentor and apprentice....well scribed; grreat job!..:) huggs

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/27/2013 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank You! This one came directly from the heart and was written for my college English Comp. Professor Judy Davis.