Sunday, March 23, 2014

Only a Teacher

Only a Teacher  
I am a teacher!
What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds
who echo those images across the ages.
My lessons will be immortal,
affecting people yet unborn,
people I will never see or know.
The future of the world is in my classroom today-
a future with the potential for good or bad.
The pliable minds of tomorrow’s leaders will be molded
either artistically or grotesquely by what I do.

Several future presidents are learning from me today-
so are the great writers of the next decades
and so are the so-called ordinary people
who make the decisions in a democracy.
I must never forget these same people
could be the thieves and murderers of the future.

Only a teacher.
Thank God I have a calling to the greatest
profession of all.
I must be vigilant every day
lest I lose one fragile opportunity
to improve tomorrow.
~Dr. Ivan Fitzwater