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I Forgave my Teacher, Mrs. Green

Updated on December 7, 2013


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Saving Grace

I forgave you then Mrs.Green,

although at the time it seemed so mean,

The slap you gave me upon my face,

made you seem to fall from grace.

At a board where I stood, my numbers written,

and not as they should.

No patience you showed for me back then,

and I was afraid to try again.

The years went by and made me sad,

for at that board, I did feel so bad.

I was so fearful in just to try,

in my wanting to run or hide, and then to cry.

Not giving up and while trying hard,

I was gaining two feet, for every yard,

My freedom was won in the lessons taught,

over the years as I had fought.

School was hard, but I had learned,

and I met the goal for which I yearned,

In teaching children of my own,

and with thoughtful seeds that I had sown.

I forgave you in the hardship then,

as my journey's plan would soon begin.

In being human, aren't we all,

and In mattering not, whether for big or small.

Mrs.Green, my best wishes I give,

for in the teaching of children, my life I live.

Our thoughtful deeds will always be,

so ingrained in those, that we daily see.

It will forever be a part of each,

and there to remain with all that we will teach.

By grace we live and do our parts,

and as forgiveness waits within our hearts.


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    • alisha4u profile image


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Poetry always has been an amazing way of expressing... You proved it again... Very interesting !

    • anglnwu profile image


      6 years ago

      It's amazing how teachers can make or break their students. Glad you've moved past the sorry incident.

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      Paul Cronin 

      6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Nice work! I think we can all relate to the words in this poem. We have all had some real monsters for teachers, so cruel it seemed their only purpose was to humiliate the most timid of students in front of the class. But we can also relate to the forgiveness required to move on with our lives. Voted UP and Rated Awesome!

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      6 years ago from Kingston, ON

      Great Poem! You definitely were one that persevered from that bad teaching. I had a horrible teacher in 3rd grade. It took me a long time to fight through the shyness that she created by regularly embarassing me at school. It got to the point that I was afraid of the attention from teachers and students when I had excellent marks. If it wasn't for my strong minded mother, she would have scarred several more children. Thankfully ,I had several good teachers since then...I am sure you don't treat your children the same so in the end she did create some good. Great hub, voting up!

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      6 years ago from Athens, GA

      Loved this poem. We've all had mean teachers like that at one point in our lives. At the time we may not understand the method behind their actions until much later. A teachers job is to push their students, and by challenging us like they did, they made us that much more prepared for the world. No one is going to take us by the hand and show us the way, we have to find it on our own. Their is such truth and wisdom in your words. Great poem!


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