My Teacher, Our Teacher - a 90 year-old writes a poem again

as lovely as a sunset
as lovely as a sunset
teacher and pupil writing
teacher and pupil writing

After writing 2 prayer/poems, my mom sent me another poem for sharing. She is once again inspired to write after receiving your positive feedback.

As I mentioned before, my mom has an aversion for all the techie things we use these days, so I have to act as her conduit to the world wide web.

Once again, I am giving space to my mom's writing.


teacher, teacher is this okay?
teacher, teacher is this okay?
can the sun drive your sorrows away?
can the sun drive your sorrows away?
"I doubled the bread"
"I doubled the bread"
bread and butter for sharing
bread and butter for sharing
bread of life
bread of life

My Teacher, Our Teacher

You told me to write

I asked what it will be about

Anything lovely, you answered

To drive sorrows away.


Shall it be about the sun?

Shall it be about the stars?

Shall it be about the moon?

All these give me inspiration.


Honestly, I do not know

If they will quell your sorrow

Let’s hope they’ll just disappear

Like the dark clouds in the atmosphere.


I think I’ll write about my teacher

Who urged me to share

The bread and butter

Which fill both hands and soul.


I never was aware

That many in my small sphere

Have never tasted

A satisfying dinner.


With the help of a prayer

I doubled the bread

No shame was felt

Even if it did not have much butter


The bread is sweet and satisfies our hunger

I realized it does not matter

Whoever gives or receives the bread

Will be blessed by my teacher – our Living Teacher.

- Maria S. Placer

song at twilight
song at twilight

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Comments 70 comments

angcorics 6 years ago

Being a teacher myself, I do feel a lot of oneness with this poem. It inspires me no end that a teacher of teachers could recall her own youth, and write a great poem about her teachers. In her 90 years, she certainly have lived it well, and even draws inspiration from teachers like me. Congrats on having such a great mom!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! well written and descriptive. Remember, God provides wisdom with age...


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Jill, tell your Mom thanks for sharing. And as always your pictures are great !


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Angcorics,

It's great to see you again! Thanks for being the first one here. Thanks too for leaving a wonderful comment. I'm sure my mom will be happy to read it.

Happy to note that you are also a teacher. We have something in common.

Thanks again for the visit and comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sam,

What a beautiful thing to say! I will tell my mom about your comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tony,

I will tell my mom about your comment. I thank you too in her behalf.

Thanks too for always appreciating my photos.

God bless you my friend!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Every day holds a gift. Congrats to your mom, this is a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing...

Sage


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

What a wonderful poem - please tell your Mum. And at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, Jill, your pictures are fabulous!


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

hi jill so glad your talents are being aired again here. Wonderful poetry a tribute to your mum. Photographs as usual are excellent.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love the way you are able to share your talents with your mom's! Lovely


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anglnwu 6 years ago

I love how your pictures make the poem even more endearing. Your mom is definitely a sweet soul, evidenced by her tender writing. Say hi to her for me, your co-conspirator!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Sage,

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment. I will tell my mom about what you said.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Shalini,

Nice to see you my friend!

I will tell my mom about your wonderful comment. I wish to thank you in her behalf.

I don't mind reading about your appreciation of my photos one more time. Your nice words are always music to my ears. It's okay to be a broken record here. Hahaha!

Thank you very much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi David (D.A.L.),

This is actually my mom's poem. I just shared it here because she refuses to touch the computer. I wish I could share her hand-written original. Her script is actually beautiful.

Thanks very much for your kind words!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Green Lotus,

Your comment is equally lovely!

I love doing this for my mom as she is finding new excitement in seeing her work out here in the world wide web. She is now inspired to write more.

Thanks very much my friend!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Anglnwu,

I will ask my sister to read your comment to my mom. I enjoyed looking for photos that would complement her writing. I'm just happy that I have thousands to search through.

Thanks very much my co-conspirator. Our conspiracy is really exciting.

God bless!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Another remarkable poem by a remarkable lady. I particularly loved the reference and poetry of the bread since I frequently bake bread and make gifts of loaves to friends and acquaintances. It's always appreciated, perhaps more by me than them, for to be able to give a gift is a great gift to oneself.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I hope that you will also give my own regards to your mother :-)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I hope that you will also give my own regards to your mother :-)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thank you Jill! Beautiful! Thank you and God bless your MOM!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Beautiful Jill, poem has so beautiful energy. Regards to your Mum, she is amazing!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

This touches every tender memory and vision - so poignant and so real. Faith in action. Sustaining. What a lady!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Christoph,

Thank you very much for your beautiful words.

You bake bread? Wow! How I wish we are near each other so I can be included in your list of friends to send baked bread to. Hahaha! I really love freshly baked bread.

Thanks for the visit and comment Christoph.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi De Greek,

It's nice to see you!

I will surely give your regards to my mom.

Thank you very much!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Micky,

You are very welcome. It's really my pleasure, so I thank you for your nice words.

Thank you too in behalf of my mom.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Tatjana,

Great to see you!

Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I'm sure she will be very happy when she reads it.

See you around!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Nellieanna,

I'm sure my mom will be very happy to read your beautiful comment. She will even be doubly happy to know that the comment is coming from a superb artist like you.

I really appreciate your visit. Thank you very much!

God bless!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Jill that poem by your mother was very uplifting. It tells us that age has no barrier for talent. Your mom expresses herself very well in this piece with a simple poem of sharing. Bread and water is life giving to our souls, even if there is a shortage of butter:0) Give my fondest regards to your dear mother from me. Hugs


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Saddlerider,

What a beautiful thing to say! I'm sure my mom will enjoy reading your comment. I will tell my sister to read it to her. She lives with her in the province. I now live in the city.

Thank you very much in behalf of my mom! Your regards and hugs will surely reach her.

God bless!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Jill of Alltrades, Lovely! Your Mom is a precious gem! No wonder Light is so visible in your art and no wonder that you are the skillful photographic artist you are... Her Light pointed the way to your path... God Bless you both!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

As a teacher, I have to give thumbs up for this your beautiful work. I love your poem and you are my inspiration. Thank you very much. Vote up.

Prasetio


masmasika 6 years ago

Jill, your mom is a wonderful person at her age. She is such a great writer too. Give her my regards.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Prasetio,

Thanks very much for the lovely comment. The poem is my mother's. I just published it for her because she does not like using the computer. This is her 3rd poem in case you are interested.

Thanks very much for dropping by and for voting up!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello masmasika,

Thank you very much in behalf of my mother. I will surely give her your regards.

God bless!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Jill, please give my regards to your mother. This is her way of telling the whole world that once a teacher, always a teacher. So that at her age, she continues to share her wisdom in this lovely poem. I'm few steps behind her trail. I was once a teacher, too. Thank you for the love you show your mother. You are a dutiful daughter.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Lita,

It's good to see you!

Yes, I will do that. I'm sure she will be happy to hear from another teacher.

I thank you in her behalf for your beautiful comment.

God bless!


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CarolineChicago 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

Wonderful! Thank you for having her share with us! I loved it.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Caroline,

Thank you too for your lovely comment!

God bless!


chitra 5 years ago

its great

i used it in order to give regards to my teacher

jill ur mom is a great lady

hats off to her and even u

u have supported her a lot by puttin ur skill of photography in

u r the best daughter

i hope she is proud of u

byee

i,ll always consider her as my teacher

as i learnt somethin from her

give her regards and yourself love

chitra


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Chitra,

Thanks very much for your beautiful comment. I will tell my mom about it.

God bless!


chitra 5 years ago

god bless you jill as well

hope you do tell it to your mom

chitra


khushboo 5 years ago

jill i saw everytin

its great

im chitras sister

i loved it more than my sister

jill just chill

ur the best

with your mum

great to know that even today people love helping their parents

now ive become a fan of your mum

i wanna know ur age and the place where u live

hope ull tell me

ill contact u this way

as i even wanna be a photographer

hope u b the happiest one in the world

love to u and ur sister

regards to ur mum

byeeeeeeeee


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Chitra,

Thanks for coming back. Yes, I'll tell my mom about your comment.

Thanks again in her behalf.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Khushboo,

Thanks for your beautiful comment. Please read my profile page for the answer to your question.

God bless!


khushboo 5 years ago

i cannot find your profile page

kindly help me out jill

i really want your help

please tell me where do u live

byeeeeeeeeeeee

hope u'll reply with help

thanx

khushboo


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello khushboo,

Just click on my name and this will take you to my profile page. You will find there links to my other sites too. Just send an email if you need to contact me.

Sorry for the late reply. I was not able to get near a computer for the past few days.

God bless!


khushboo 5 years ago

its k

i wanna knw u more if u dnt hv a prblm

i also wanna tell u something

we will hv to tlk lk this since at present im preparing for my boards and do not chat online


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Khusboo,

Just email me if you want to tell me something. I don't chat either. I just answer emails.

Thanks!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Khushboo and Chitra,

Thanks for visiting again.

If you want me to answer other questions, please just send them through my email.

Thank you!

God bless!


chitra  5 years ago

thanx for d rply

hope aunty is fine and even ur sis and u

where is ur email

we cant find it

searched a lot

convey my regards to aunty and love to ur sis and u

byeeeeeeeeeeeee jill


friend 5 years ago

jill i liked both the poems written by ur mom

i found them totally thrilling

it struck my mind

ur pics were none less

they supported ur moms poem

liked both

give regards to aunt and love to you

byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee JILL....


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Chitra and Khushboo,

Thanks for coming back.

As I mentioned before, please write me through my email for any personal questions. Please click on my picture here and it will bring you to my profile page. Then you can on click on "contact jill" and it will show you how to contact me. Or you can also click on one of the links (my blogs) in my profile and this will bring you to my blogs which also have my email address.

Thank you!


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

Dear Jill, another beautiful piece,so very meaningful,full of care,love and sensitivity. I am lucky to have found you and your mom's writing through you!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Sonia,

Thanks very much for your beautiful comment. I'm sure my mom will be thrilled to hear this!

God bless!


chitra 5 years ago

after so many days i came back

hope u all are fine

thanx for the help

my sis found it

she,ll be very soon emaiing

she is givin her exams

so not possible for her to sit near computer

hope u understand

we saw ur reply verry late

hope u dont mind sorry

bye with love


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Chitra,

Nice to see you back!

Thanks!

That's okay, I understand.

God bless!


chitra 5 years ago

thanx to understand

bless you too

byeee...


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Chitra,

Thanks for visiting again!

God bless!


khushboo 4 years ago

hope ur mom,sister and u r at d bst of ur health


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello khushboo,

We are all doing great! Thanks very much for your good wishes!!!

God bless!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

You told me to write

I asked what it will be about

Anything lovely, you answered

To drive sorrows away.

Shall it be about the sun?

Shall it be about the stars?

Shall it be about the moon?

All these give me inspiration

I especially liked these words and your Mom is indeed a great composer.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Here's to looking forward to so many more.

Eddy.


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starstream 3 years ago from Northern California

To realize that even when we are 90 we can contribute a beautiful poem to share around the world here at the hub is fantastic. Thanks for the word vision which inspires many.


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Eddy,

It's great to see you again!

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment. My mom would be thrilled to see what you have written.

I recently published in book form all of my mom's poems including the ones that I published here in HP. She really loved the the book and enjoyed signing her name on some copies as give-away gifts to some friends.

Thanks again, dear Eddy!

God bless!

Baby/Jill


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello starstream,

Thank you very much for your beautiful comment!

Yes, it's true, we always have something to contribute whether we are 20 or 90. And the more so when we are 90 because our life will have been richer by then!

Thanks very much again!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Pharmb994,

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm not sure what "badddbk" means though. I hope it's something good!

God bless!


chitra 3 years ago

hey jill how do u do...i read d cmnts n u said dat ud published a bk..may i get its name..if u dont mind..anyways nice to read through the poem once again..it delighted me once more...bye...with loads of love n regards..


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello chitra,

Nice to see you again!

Oh, I published Nanay's poems locally, so it's not available in bookstores. However, I'm planning to make an ebook of them, so maybe you can check it out once it's available. If you tell me your email, then I can tell you once it is out. By the way, the title is "Poems from the Heart."

Thanks very much for dropping by and showing interest on Nanay's poems.

God bless!


chitra 3 years ago

yeah sure..u can inform me at khushboosureka11@gmail.com ... i hope u get it jill... all the very best for ''poems from the heart''....i know ur gonna rock it as u do...bye...thanks for responding on my comment...love ya


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Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

Simply Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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