Judy Hayes

Apple For The Teacher - Poem by Judy Hayes

Kindergartners are like a fresh apple, newly fallen from a tree;

The very first step toward independence;

From the loving nurturing of a family;

An apple left unattended will become rotten, like a child.

An apple peeled and uneaten will surely turn brown.

An apple only polished, left on the shelf to itself;

Like a child, begins to wither and often rebels.

Bruised apples like a bruised child can fester with disease;

A worm inside bitter and lonely;

Underneath its skin, all tucked away is a delight to many

Who care, to pick, peel or cut away,

Layers of skin

Revealing the gifts, and resources within

Cider, to quench our thirst; Apple pie, a pleasant dessert;

Applesauce enhancing the taste of a fine meal;

An apple, sliced or diced, eaten from nature just peeled.

However, awkward and unsure they appear;

each kindergartner bears within,

Many unique and different qualities neatly concealed;

Needing nurturing and love; marching through your door.

Apple... for the Teacher; Yet, “A diamond in the rough”

By Judy Hayes(1988)

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was inspired by an incident when my youngest son who was 'very shy' began attending kindergarten...

Comments about Apple For The Teacher by Judy Hayes

  • Lucifera Santez (7/22/2013 1:53:00 AM)

    a very apt write.
    great job, keep on writing.
    please read some of mine.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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