To teach is to lose your name
Be 'Miss' immortalised in inky pages
Put them before you
Physical and mental
Their gain, always over your losses
Pale in comparison to their lives.
To teach is to find black smears
Board pen on clean clothes
Pencil sharpenings in your hair.
Breathe your subject
So they too inhale you passion
Reach for what you want for them.
To teach is to give up your soul
And remain grateful for the priviledge.
List spellings and adverbs and dates and equations
Immerse in marking lists, check lists, to-do lists.
To teach is to high five your children in the coridoors
Celebrate their one-grade jumps, their first friend.
To tear your hair out and scream at new courses
To only, only ever want the best for your kids.
To teach is to sit in your car and cry
Because you had a bad day
Because nothing worked. All day.
Because you know they can do better.
Because they finally got the idea!
To teach is to spill wine on papers
Smear it off with a tissue already covered in dinner
Plan your inspirational talks
Never get the chance to deliver.
To teach is to dream
And my dream is to teach.