The Student and the Teacher: A Dialogue

My teacher, what have you left me?
A marker, a pen, and an eraser
An old desk to place all the clutter
Of highlighters, clippings, and notes.

My teacher, what have you left me?
A love for the details of things
To get at the heart of a matter
Regardless how tedious the chore.

My student, what have you left me?
Time passes but I can’t forget
Eager minds straining to gather
Knowledge as pebbles from a brook.

My student, what have you left me?
Your joy in finding your passion
Excitement overcoming discouragement
So honoring me as your guide.

Written for Rochelle's Friday Fictioneers   
Genre: Poetry
Word count: 100 words 
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34 thoughts on “The Student and the Teacher: A Dialogue”

  1. I simply LOVED that one! I think of teachers I’ve had, the few I remember, and why I remember them. I read this and think of the copy of the Torah, Rebi David left to me. It had never occurred to me that students could make such profound impressions on teachers as visa versa, but they do. I keep that book tucked in the drawer beside my bed. I can’t read a single word of the hebrew, mind you, but I do take it out along with my English bible and try to make connections… something that he taught me at a time when I still had so much relearning to do.

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    1. Thank you, Bear. πŸ™‚ What a wonderful teacher he must have been! And what promise he saw in you! And when teachers leave you their lasting love for the scriptures, well, that lasts for eternity, doesn’t it, and all the more precious.

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    1. Dear Rochelle,
      Good guidance is hard to find, but when it’s given the good it creates is truly immeasurable. Thanks so much.
      Aleichem shalom,


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