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The Web Poetry Corner - Philip Claude Andermann - YOU ARE THE TEACHER! (2)

YOU ARE THE TEACHER! (2)

by

Philip Claude Andermann


YOU ARE THE TEACHER! (2) 2/1/13

Art is
painting hopes,
painting the future:

such is the art
of teaching.

A child offers a blank canvas -
for us.

In painting the beauty of the world
for others,
you also paint
and thus reveal
the beauty of the invisible self.

You are the invisible wind
beneath childrens' wings,
that ripples the field of flowers
to dance,
wind leaping too agile
from flower to flower
to be captured,
even by a tempting, returned kiss,
waving instead
forward to the future.

For children you race
the sculpture light
of challenging uncharted clouds,
showing they shall reveal
the light -
within.

Through you the sun
lights up the fire.
The mind is not a vessel
to be filled,
but a kindle
to be lit.

Through you the sun lights
the fire,
the god
in all the details.
The potential good.

Artist,
your brush strokes
the face of child
with voice
and lights the eyes
wherein the future shall dawn.

For these universes,
you are the truest teacher.


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