Monday, December 1, 2014

a quandary for the teacher

who is at the switch?

if only what I think I’m saying
would be just what you are hearing,

if only what I seek to teach,
would be just what works for you to learn,

it pains me to fear
that it is the quality of what I give that is the problem,
and not the other’s inability to receive,
how much does the horse by the water
bear responsibility for not drinking?

or, expressed in another way,
when the light won’t go on, I always fear
that I am the one at the switch. 

by Henry H. Walker
November 26, ’14

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