Shae O'Brien grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and it has bred her to have a love for music, coffee, the ocean, and rain. Her love for writing was planted at a young age, with the encouragement of beautiful family and inspiring teachers, and grew into a passion she cannot go a day without. During the day, Shae is also an English teacher, promoting the art of the written word among the youth of Austin. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Off The Wookie, AIPF Di-verse-city Anthology 2012, and TWENTY: Poems In Memoriam. She recently self-published her first chapbook, "Truths Unspoken", which takes the reader on a poetic journey through the passion, love, heartbreak, and rebirth of a relationship. You may find her on any given night writing or performing her work around Austin, TX.

Please note that all poems and/or parts are the property of Shae O'Brien and should not be shared without giving due credit.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Thankless Teacher

Teachers do not need thank you's.

Do not worry about Christmas cards

Fret over birthday gifts

Apples these days are highly overrated.

So do not thank them.

For thank you's hardly stop the tears

That fall from a broken teacher's heart and eyes

When a student opts out of grammar for MTV.

They cannot replace the sleep

A tired teacher never sees after hours and days

Of planning and grading and hoping and wishing.

They fall on deaf ears

Trying simply to block out the criticism, the blame, the insults

Heaped upon them by students and administration

Parents and government

You and I alike.

Do not thank them for they do not need thanks.

Today and tomorrow and for as long

As you seek hope for this world,

Bless them.

For nothing but blessings will help them accomplish

The miracles that are asked of them.

The miracles we need.

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