A Poem for Weary Teachers

A Poem for Weary Teachers

Tonight I will sleep.

I will forget

about school,

papers to grade,

lessons to plan.

I will not wake up

thinking of a plan 

to save those students --

that young woman,

that young man.

I will close my eyes and drift away 

from the event I forgot to pencil in, 

the chores I omitted from the to-do list,

the calls I missed.

I will fall asleep before my prayer is through.

Tonight I will …


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