There are no words to match my gratitude,
However much like Shakespeare I might write.
Above all else, you’ve shaped my attitude,
Nurturing me with discipline and light.
Knowledge is the least of what you taught,
Yet that least at least prepared my head.
Out of your heart I’ve learned the things I ought,
Underscoring words you never said.
Thank you for your good and gentle care,
Having made your classroom bright with song,
Apparent in my child’s frequent smiles,
Nestled in his thoughts of right and wrong.
Kids, like teachers, know when love is there.
You are the connoisseur of many styles,
Opening through days difficult and long
Understandings supple, sweet, and fair..