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Valsa George

A Teacher- ('Guru')

Teachers are always a venerable sort,
Happy that I belong to that ‘special’ lot,
Instilling in young ones -
newer insights gleaned,
Enriching their lives -
with atoms of knowledge pooled,
Brightening their paths -
with millions of lanterns lit,
Rowing them away -
from the perilous shoals of life,
And leading them to be anchored
on safer shores!
A teacher sure stands taller above,
Every other mortal who serves! !

She/he has to play all at once, myriad roles,
More of a mentor and not just a tutor,
A physician who heals, a nurse who tends,
A parent who cares or a pal who shares,
A patron who supports or a lawyer who argues,
A scholar who learns and a master who trains.

Numerous are the guise she/he has to don,
And cleverer the tricks she/he has to play,
To tackle the wards in her/his all out care,
And launch them out into a world to fare.

As Christ taught his disciples -
with parables many,
As Socrates instructed the youth -
through endless queries,
As Sullivan led Keller -
to the new dawn of light,
As Aesop enlightened the kids -
with countless tales,
I strive to be a TEACHER.
An erudite soul with a mission!
A sculptor who sees an angel,
veiled within a rock!
An architect building an edifice,
to last a life time!
A warrior uncompromising in war,
On Ignorance – the most ignoble foe!

I don’t know where I presently stand,
Nor do I know how my students rate me,
Though often floundered or failed to act,
In the manner I ever so longed to do,
I would rather be a TEACHER all my life,
A ‘guru’ out and out, from hilt to heel!

Though seldom seen in due deference,
And the integrity often called to question,
Still with pride, would I wear the mantle,
Of a ‘Guru’ for all eyes to see!

Submitted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013

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This is a resubmission on Teacher's Day, remembering all my teachers and all teachers on poem hunter!

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  • Kee Thampi (9/15/2013 8:10:00 AM)

    life of guru
    my spiritual life with them
    still make me mystic
    my visit to Theosophical society Adayar,

    rethink what makes them Guruhood..
    love made of light

    kee (Report) Reply

  • Laurie X3 (9/10/2013 4:32:00 PM)

    To add to Thomas's comment also; yes yes yes to all of this, but also down to one, me. There were times in my life when I had no one except a teacher. The positive changes began from their guidance. Teach one life, you save many. I am proof. I love teachers. The good ones are angels and not valued near enough. And usually give so much of themselves in many ways but remain unseen by the majority. The heroes in my writing are teachers. May God bless them forever and always. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (9/10/2013 3:29:00 PM)

    Great nations depend on an intelligent people. Teachers educate the youth to be the nations leaders .
    So it is critical to have good teachers or the system will colaspe. (Report) Reply

  • Somanathan Iyer (9/8/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    The scriptures placed the Guru on par with God.'Aacharya devo bhava'. In the real sense a teacher acts like a mother, father, friend and a doctor. You expressed all these in a captivating way. thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/6/2013 12:39:00 PM)

    It is a fine pouring of innocent mind.Gu karamandhakaram thaan/Ru karam than rodhitha [Gu syllable means darkness and Ru means blocking/checking that darkness(ignorance) . If teachers have done so confidently, then he/she can be satisfied. I give 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/6/2013 6:43:00 AM)

    I belong to that ‘special’ lot. You gave a beautiful account of Teachers' view point on Teachers' Day. Teachers are only happy when their students succeed later and reach higher levels. I feel good to be a teacher myself. Thank you for a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/6/2013 1:21:00 AM)

    Dear Ramesh Rai
    In the student- teacher nexus, there is mutual making and becoming! The poem posted by your son on facebook and reproduced below is so lovely. But the end note is even lovelier! (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/6/2013 12:17:00 AM)

    First of all let me wish you Happy Teachers Day! I respect the Knowledge in well as you pass on this light to millions, which no words can describe..
    Good tribute to all the teachers...Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/6/2013 12:16:00 AM)

    First of all let me wish you Happy Teachers Day! I respect the Knowledge in well as you pass on this light to millions, which no words can describe..
    Good tribute to all the teachers...Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (9/5/2013 8:48:00 PM)

    We never forget the teachers who inspire us. I think children can always tell which ones really care.
    Your dedication shines in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (9/5/2013 7:35:00 PM)

    Happy teachers day to a wonderful poet. Just by reading your poetry I can vouch for you being an excellent teacher. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (9/5/2013 7:35:00 PM)

    Happy teachers day to a wonderful poet. Just by reading your poetry I can vouch for you being an excellent teacher. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (9/5/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    my son posted this poem on his face book.i like to repost here
    There is nothing,
    Like being a FRIEND.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a WELL WISHER.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a GUIDE.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a MENTOR.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a PILLAR of STRENGTH.
    There is nothing,
    Like being an INSPIRATION.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a MOTIVATION.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a ROLE MODEL.
    There is nothing,
    Like being FAMOUS.
    There is nothing,
    Like being a TEACHER.
    - Uresh Rai
    happy teacher's day to all my teachers
    and a big thanx to all my students for
    making me a better person. U never
    know your contribution towards the
    making of a 'good' teacher. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/5/2013 8:20:00 AM)

    You can presumably be adjudged as one of the erudite teachers and your students might have already rated you thus long before. With less exposure to social networks and with a low profile retired life you don`t crave for things perhaps. A silent performer par excellence is seen in you and your pen picture re submitted is a fine tribute from a great teacher to her mentors terrific. Thank you a lot for your sweet comment on my poem written and submitted in the context. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/5/2013 7:25:00 AM)

    This is truly an excellent discourse on Teachers Madam Valsa. I am a
    teacher in the greatest sense of the word. I love to tutor children in any
    way I can. Teachers deserves the greatest of praise. They have to deal
    with unruly children and sometimes even adults (smile) . You really covered
    this title very well. I am always in awe of your great works. Truly a good write. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (9/5/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    thank u for the resubmission as this is my first read here...a wonderful tribute valsa ji...all the images are special...Happy Teachers' Day... (Report) Reply

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