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,
For nothing but blessings will help them accomplish
The miracles that are asked of them.
The miracles we need.