A small gift to all the teachers in the world.
Those who can - make failure bear fruit,
bring fruit to seed and plant seeds
Those who can - turn injury to endurance,
endurance to dreams and give dreams
Those who can - shape hate to awareness,
awareness to grace and crown grace
Those who can - massage fear to faith,
bend faith to courage and sculpt
courage into wings.
Those who can - subdue chaos with meaning,
define meaning as light and translate
light to vision.
Those who can - give knowledge reason,
fashion reason into tools, use tools as keys
so that doors become opportunities.
Those who can - give charity character,
invest character with strength and
free strength to ministry.
Those who can - define love by their acts,
spin their acts to hope and with hope
give children a reason to celebrate.
Those who can - teach.
Written by Gavin Kayner and published in Teaching K-8 March 1993
as true today as then