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Artistic, Poem

What Teachers Make

English: Taylor Mali med spoken word-texten &q...

This is easily one of my favorite poems of all time and in light of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike coming to an end, the Presidential election heating up, and my boys growing up faster and faster…it just seemed the right time to share.  The poet, Taylor Mali, actually is a teacher as well as a National Slam Poet Champion.  I definitely recommend his other pieces but this is far and away my favorite.

When I leave this world and those who know me and love me say their last, I hope that some can look down at my casket and say “Now there was a teacher!”

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2 thoughts on “What Teachers Make

  1. Fantastic poem! One of my all-time favs as well!

    Posted by John | October 1, 2012, 3:35 AM

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