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Lesson to Learn

I am the child…
Reading is hard.
I try to fit in,
scarred to say the wrong words,
hoping no one laughs,
not wanting to speak,
or have all eyes on me.
Just wishing for a chance to shine.

I am the teacher…
finding joy in student’s success
disappointment when they fail
wanting to help them rise 
giving them their chance to shine.

Copyright © Shannon O'Leary | Year Posted 2009


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  1. Date: 5/19/2010 8:28:00 AM

    Hope we'll be seeing some new poetry from you over the summer. Creativity is a gift. You might enjoy my poem--"Pant"--if you want to stop in and read it. Love, Mom.
  1. Date: 12/12/2009 3:17:00 AM

    This is so true. As a child, we have fear but as a teacher we have expectations. I like the two different point of views, it adds to the greatness of the piece.
  1. Date: 9/26/2009 3:59:00 PM

    Shannon, you can enter one poem in the Poetry Soup contest that closes October 4th. Thought you might not know. I like how the two halves of this poem come together to convey your message. You definitely have two voices here. Nice job! Mom
  1. Date: 9/18/2009 3:05:00 AM

    beautiful.... loved this and enjoy your night! )
  1. Date: 9/8/2009 2:19:00 AM

    Excellent 2 way presentation , Shannon , well done ...
  1. Date: 9/7/2009 10:39:00 PM

    wonderful! A very realistic poem! Rightly describes the feelings a small kid and a school teacher!