zone in the zealless
year on year
(e)xcavate the x-factor and
walk with the weak.
voice the voiceless
understand the uninitiated and
try to teach tolerance.
share sunshine as you shoot down the shameless,
receive the reckless,
quieten the quarreler.
nurture the needy (as you)
motivate the mocker (and)
learn to live with losing.
jettison the juvenile,
invite the ill-at-ease inside to invert the introvert.
hand out hope as homework. heal hatred.
guard the grateful
forgive the foolhardy
enliven the effortless; educate the eager.
deactivate the defeatist; defuse the derogatory; disarm the destructive; drive their dreams.
choose to challenge the challenging and
battle to break down bitterness.
alleviate anger: absolve the abuser; advocate for the abused.
(and after all this: be the architect of their ambitions, the artist of their aspirations...)
(NOTE: This poem uses the Poetry Jam prompt of "Rebel/Breaking all the rules". Having previously written an A-Z poem, I went for the Z-A inversion here. I chose my job as the inspiration for this poem, since teachers deal daily with would be "rebels without a cause". To my mind, however, most teachers are a breed of people who, like so many caring professionals, dare to rebel against the me-first social norm of our times. Instead, they give themselves for the future benefit of so many. This one is for you if you are a teacher, or if in what you do, you contribute to the welfare of the adults of tomorrow. Keep inspiring and believing in them!)
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