The Builder's Song

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The Builder's Song

Today, I would like to share this this poem which I crafted at a time when students were preparing for graduation and teachers were most concerned with polishing programs and other details of the ceremony.

This poem, I now dedicate to the teachers, is considerably expressing my thoughts on the passion they embrace to make their students grow in their little corners.

Here it is:


I build strong blocks:

Tried to finely mix

sand of learning and skill,

gravel of strength and courage,

cement of faith and hope,

and water of grand inspiration.

I mix a dough each day

to fortify the blocks-

a sure foundation to stand

right before a passionate wand

ready to spell my course

I'll try to master and purge.

Yes, I am building anew

a strong facade of tomorrow

by finishing a sure part past

looking up with towering sight

any course of time is cast

I'll take it all to flight.


It is hoped you find inspiration in this piece.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Can I add the music, Sir Don? :D


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Sure po. Hahaha. Even dance steps para complete package.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Good subject matter. Give 'em wings.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

The metaphors in your poem speaks not only of molding the minds of the youth but also ask them to aspire for lofty goals and take flight.Your students are lucky to have a dedicated teacher who can also inspire.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Doug Turner Jr.: Thank you very much for the comments.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

SILENTREED: Thank you very much for the rejoinders and encouragement.


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

The poem is very meaningful; it pierces my heart to do good every day. THanks, for sharing, Don!!!


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

earthbound: Everyday really is an opportunity to do good. Being good is being beautiful. Thanks.


atomicgirl02 5 years ago

Truly Sir Don, you are gifted ! Your poem invites not only teachers but also your readers/followers to be dedicated and productive in their own chosen fields.More Power.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago Author

Atomicirl02: Thank you very much. That's a great encouragement I have to cherish ad I hope everybody does his own part as a expression of gratefulness for a life we have not dreamt of having and living.


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patnothe 4 years ago from Camagong, San Jose, Camarines Sur, Philippines

Sir Don, wonderful poem... it again reminded me how tremendous and gigantic is our job as educators, I like the lines that say: fortify the blocks/a sure foundation to stand...


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Patnothe: Thanks for the appreciation. Commitment really counts and enables one to create a miracle.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

This poem was absolutely beautiful!! It cheerfully describes the teacher who improve many lives.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much FLASHMAKEIT for reading this piece. Truly, teachers are a big help in creating opportunities for growth for the society from generation to generation. We just don't know where their influence stops.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Such a great poem of inspiration, and all teachers should think like this, voted up! nell


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DON BALDERAS 3 years ago Author

Thank you very much Nell Rose for the encouragement your comment has done.


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denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

you are a loving teacher


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DON BALDERAS 3 years ago Author

denden mangubat: Thank you very much. I may not be that loving, but I try to find love for students for they also need the same care. Sometimes, they go to school to look for it because they may not be shielded by parents' love at home. For some, they find it in the schools, in the presence of teachers, of friends. The discrimination they may feel at home must not be duplicated in school. Sensitivity for them is necessary. They can become better citizens with better people to look up to. Teachers and students alike are God's gifts. We become gifts to one another.

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