Public School Teachers

We brandish respect
and knowledge
for we are mighty inside.

We forbid no one.
All are welcome
to enter and learn.

We manage this daily
with little compensation
and little complaint.

I challenge you to do the same.

* * * * *

This poem was written in response to a prompt at Three Word Wednesday: brandish, forbid, and manage.

Paula suggested that this poem might work for the Poetic Asides prompt to write a telling it like it is poem. I agree. Thanks, Paula.

8 thoughts on “Public School Teachers

    • Kim, thank you. I’m glad you think the form works. I guess sometimes the simpler the better – just let the words speak for themselves and get out of the way.



  1. Excellent. I’m glad you kept this simple, because an over-flowery declaration wouldn’t have fit.
    I have such respect for teachers (particularly of primary and secondary schools), because the job is relatively thankless, and yet it’s absolutely necessary.


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