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Mariam de Haan

(04 October 1993 / Pemba, Tanzania)

My English teacher


My English teacher taught me,
How the world is sweet
About the songs without a beat.
New places I did meet
And I could calm the heat
In those songs without a beat.

My English teacher taught me,
Showed me a sanctuary
In the songs that belong to me.
There I become a fairy
An animal white and hairy
The songs that I can be.

My English teacher taught me,
That words are expression
The songs are a potion.
I can hear their motion
In them feel devotion
The songs that are true emotion.

My English teacher taught me,
He told me to strive
The songs will survive
Songs shinier than a knife
The songs that are my life

My English teacher taught me
Yes he taught me.

Submitted: Sunday, December 16, 2012

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At 15 I gave a poem to my English teacher. He was the first person to tell me that I had talent and to keep writing. Before then it was just a game but after he said that, I realised that I shouldn't stop. I started to read my pieces and saw poetry in front of me instead of the thoughts of a girl. This poem is my version of a thank you.

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