Valsa George


Guru - Poem by Valsa George

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 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 has to don,
And cleverer the tricks she has to play,
To tackle the wards in her 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 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 sometimes called to question,
Still with pride, would I wear the mantle,
Of a ‘Guru' for all eyes to see!


Comments about Guru by Valsa George

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (4/18/2017 12:04:00 PM)


    Guru plays a great role in removing the darkness from an ignorant mind.
    In India, specially, the Gurus are respected and loved by the devoted students.
    I agree, totally, dear Valsa, that to be a teacher is the most noble profession.
    Kudos to a bright and wise teacher! Loved the poem.Full 10+++
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  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (9/7/2016 12:03:00 AM)


    I don't know where I presently stand,
    Nor 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!

    Care not about them rating your job. It is just enough to be a teacher and so be proud of that. Teachers are the tools of change in any community. They are the engineers of human behavior. So behind any successful man or woman there is/was a successful teacher. So we need to keep with it. Great poem.
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  • Nosheen Irfan (8/9/2016 9:35:00 AM)


    I'm sure you are the best guru anyone can have. A very well-worded poem on the power of mentoring. A guru or mentor deserves a high place in society for he or she schools minds n lays down the fabric of a society. An inspiring write. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (3/2/2016 4:36:00 AM)


    Excellent poem. Your students are very lucky to have you as a teacher. Will rate you at 10. (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2015 2:01:00 PM)


    We forget a lot of people whose path we have crossed,
    but remembering our teachers we are never at a loss.
    I'm not sure how your students rate you but I rate you a 10
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  • Roop Rekha Bhaskar (9/7/2015 1:58:00 AM)


    Marvelous! precise and complete. there is no more word- thought, action, or deed that could be added to this beautiful poem. It is easy to act those roles to one child. But when the Teacher is responsible for the entire class or other students, then only a few teachers who can feel from the heart can be exactly what you have written in such humble and dutiful lines. You are one of them with all those qualities.. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (12/1/2014 5:38:00 AM)


    Kabir Das said: Guru Govinda dou khade kake lagoon Paey- -Balihari guru ke aapne Govinda deo batae.
    The teacher and God both are standing before me, I am a bit confusedas to which feet I should touch, I opt for the teacher as it was he who made me conscious of God.
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  • (11/8/2014 12:27:00 PM)


    Phenomenal write on an exemplary teacher scripted so beautifully and it's so inspiring......Valsa.......it's really
    a great piece with a great message to all human being....10/10
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  • Shahzia Batool (5/11/2013 4:48:00 AM)


    Simply AMAZING, and you know why! ! !
    it has given me a feel and a sensation! ! ! Now i can understand your comment on My Teachers...
    i have read many poems on Teachers but it is wonderful for its allusions and logic...culminating into your resolution! ! !
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 11, 2013


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