Shawn L. Bird

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poem- faith June 3, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:22 pm
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I see your fear

that your words are inadequate,

that what you offer is not

good not

enough not

good enough.

But your words are.

Have faith that when you climb to the heights

when you are brave enough to free your words

that I am holding the ladder steady

so you won’t fall.



(A teacher poem)


14 Responses to “poem- faith”

  1. syl65 Says:

    Steady encouragement 🙂

  2. Jaime Says:

    I love the sentiment behind this poem and the wording you used — the ladder metaphor — very powerful and apt! I, too, am an English teacher, and I have found over the past decade or so that teaching writing is the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I do. Writing is so personal, so we must navigate the balance of admonishing and encouraging to help the students improve, while remembering not to crush their spirits. I liken it what Yeats said: Our students “being poor, have only [their] dreams; / [they] have spread [their] dreams under [our] feet;” So, we must “Tread softly because [we] tread on [their] dreams.”

    • Yes.
      My current multi-grade creative writing class is compiling an anthology, and there are 2 or 3 students who are very nervous about contributing, despite my promises that I will edit with them to ensure the quality of their piece(s) is sound. They’re allowed to use pseudonyms. The fear of what others will say overwhelms them and is unfounded, because their words are just as valid as everyone else’s submissions.

  3. Rabab Jafri Says:

    This has a similar theme to my most recent poem “incredible”…It’s true we have to believe in ourselves as being good enough

  4. I treasure all those who are “holding my ladder steady, as I reach various heights that previously knew my acrophobia.

  5. writing, writing, words words words. Says:

    Lovely. Touched my heart. Teachers soooo rock! 🙂

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