Wednesday, May 25, 2016

optimism vs pessimism

how full the glass?

should we be thrilled by how well people do?
or judgmental about what they can’t yet get to?

it’s a quandary we live as teachers:
what helps the glass to fill?
what can we do to slow the emptying?

I believe in students,
in their inherent drive to be their best,
and I know that each is a work in progress,
and that construction can be messy,

I love it when the way opens,
and they find the way into their power.

by Henry H. Walker
May 19, ‘16

1 comment:

Helen said...

This poem sums up much of my wonderful experience in the Smokies.
Thank you, Henry, for your kindness, wisdom, and clear seeing. I had a wonderful time, Helen