Friday, May 29, 2009

Poems for the Teacher

It's the time of year when we prepare to say good bye to teachers that have enriched our lives and given us gifts that never fade. I am working on composing some poems to give my children's teachers along with a few small gifts. Nothing really represents what they've given us; I still remember fondly the teachers that loved and taught my oldest son when he was a wee boy in daycare. I am so deeply grateful for the love we've been showered with in such loving, amazing teachers. They work long hours for too little pay, just for the joy of being with the children. Here are a few triolets I've written for the teachers:

purple flags

Teacher's Garden

In our garden there's a flower
always blooming just for you.
Whether sunshine or in shower,
in our garden there's a flower.
a teacher's love has super power,
we give thanks for all you do -
in our garden there's a flower
always blooming just for you.

-Andromeda Jazmon

pinks 2

Thank You Teacher

Teacher dear - for all the hugs you gave,
for all the lessons taught, we thank you.
By your cheers you made us brave,
teacher dear, by all the hugs you gave.
Those treasured memories are forever saved.
What gifts we offer seem too few;
teacher dear - for all the hugs you gave,
for all the lessons taught, we thank you.

-Andromeda Jazmon

I'm not sure I'm really satisfied with either one yet... might still do some revising. What do you think?

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Elaine Magliaro said...


I was a tecaher for many years. It was the heartfelt personal notes of gratitude that I received from parents and students that were the gifts I cherished most.

Lovely pictures and poems.

Violet N. said...

These are lovely! The teachers who get them will feel much appreciated I'm sure.

Sara said...

What a fantastic idea. A teacher's love has super power, indeed. So do poems!

Kelly Polark said...

What heartfelt, wonderful poems! Your childrens' teachers will truly appreciate the effort and sentiment behind them. (I'm a former teacher, I probably would have cried!)

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing your idea, and your poems. My parents were both teachers, and the gift of a poem comes closer than anything I can think of to showing the personal impact a teacher can have. These are treasures.

Color Online said...

I like them as they are. Teachers are amazing people. We can't thank them enough. Teachers and librarians and artists. You have enriched my life. Some of you saved me. Thanks, A.

Irene Latham said...

A teacher's love has super power -- ah, how true is that?? A cross word can wounds so deeply, and a smile can lift the weight right off a kid's shoulders. Not a job for the faint of heart!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thank you all for these kind comments. I am going to print up some cards with garden photos and these poems. I think I need to do some more work on the second one, but it's coming along. I love to show some love to the teachers- they've done such a fabulous job!

Mary Lee said...

I'm just going to borrow this poems for myself, if you don't mind. I'll need some super powers this weekend when I'm in my classroom at the computer working on report cards and the rest of the world is out in the beautiful May sunshine...

(I know, I know, I'll get my life back soon...)

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Mary Lee you help yourself to some good teacher love!! You certainly deserve it.

I found a gift card template at MS Office online which I adapted. I took off the graphic they had and put on one of my flower photos with the poem printed under it. I printed out a sheet of ten little 1.5 x 3.5 cards to use as gift cards with an African Violet plant - that's what we are giving each of the boys' teachers (altogether there are about 15 teachers to thank). Check one more important thing off my to-do list! ;)