Angels I Teach

And They Are Angels

©2012 LaDena Campbell aka justateacher

The Angels I Teach

At first glance you would think

That they have no cares at all

They laugh, they giggle, they learn

They act like they're having a ball

But if you look past the grins

You see the trouble hiding there

They need more than teaching

They need to know that somebody cares

These children in my class

Are hurting way down deep

I wish I had the courage they do

They have so many secrets to keep

There are kids that are abused

In more ways that you could know

Sometimes they live in filth and bugs

And have no where else to go

Some of these kids don't even know their parents

And are living in a strangers home

Some are even worse than that

They are often left all alone

Some of these children in my daily care

Are left in charge of others

These children are left to babysit

For younger sisters and brothers

Sometimes these are the lucky ones

The ones who can still smile through their tears

I worry about the quiet ones

Who look wise beyond their years

What are these children hiding

The ones who won't share their pain

Not a smile on these young faces

Who feel they have nothing to gain

So I do what I can with these angels in my class

I give them a hug each and every day

I teach them, I learn from them

And for their happiness I pray

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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

Very nice poem, the way you wrote and named your poem shows the care you are taking while teaching these kids, they were lucky to have you. voted up


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you for the kind comments!


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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

To justateacher: Your hubs are beautiful and inspirational. I loved this poem and some of its passages made me cry.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

gmwilliams- I wrote this poem the year I had a student who lived in a car, a student who was left alone for days at a time in a closet and remembered playing with the bugs to keep his mind off the fact that he was alone, one that had been in four different foster homes and one who had a "regular" family with parents who loved him. I would go home and cry when I thought about the hell they lived through and still they had smiles on their little faces and couldn't wait to learn something new. They were very inspirational.


funnyfaces 5 years ago from canada

omg. you are so very nice, and i personally wouldn't even have the words to explain that kind of abuse. And also, thanks for commenting on my "Insane Things To Do When Bored" blog. I really appreciate it. Well, anyways, you must have a great heart and lots of love to share considering some of the things that you see every day. I never really realized how lucky I am, and all the things that I take for granted. I mean, sleeping in my own bed would be a luxury to a troubled kid, even though it's just an every day thing for me..... that I even avoid doing sometimes! Thanks for inspiring me with this message. These kids go through a lot and it's only something we can pray about.

-funny faces


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Funny faces - my students are always an inspiration to me...and we do take too many things in our lives for granted. I thank God every day that I have a roof over my head and food in my belly - and four healthy children and two healthy grandchildren.

Thanks for commenting!


funnyfaces 5 years ago from canada

I definitely agree with you on that. Amen :)


funnyfaces 5 years ago

no problem!


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Dday50627 4 years ago from Iowa

justateacher... hmmmm, even the name is less than what you truly are. I grew up with a brother in special education and was graced to be able to volunteer from 8 years old on to help at the school during the summer. These kids taught me what real courage was and they did it with out even trying.

I read your words here and find love for the heart that teaches these children. they are gifts from heaven sent to teach us though we think we are teaching them. What you do is beautiful and I feel your love for the kids you teach. I want to say God Bless you but then, he already has, hasn't he? Beautiful and touching, your heart and the beauty that is with in it comes through in the most fabulous of colors. You are much more than a teacher... you are an angel. Thank you for writing this and thank you for what you do every day. Always, Darrel


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Darrel - thank your for your kind comments! I love my kids and I do feel that God truly has blessed me.

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