Hope’s Eyes

Every school year brings challenges to our youngest learners in the classroom.  These struggling children find hope in a teacher, administrator, custodian, instructional assistant, or any other type of mentor.  This is the hope of this poem.

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Fearing tomorrow’s tasks

Dreaming of something more

Probing life’s gloomy path

Failing again to score


Meeting darkness once more

Ignoring teacher’s clues

Bearing sounds of silence

Surrounding failure’s blues


Learning nothing today

Parking in empty space

Sharing with hidden friend

Reaching familiar place


Retreating to safe zone

Boarding life’s empty plane

Watching goals crushed again

Seeing more fire than rain


Entering new classroom

Looking into hope’s eyes

Hearing assuring voice

Launching learning’s sunrise


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Jane Austen Quotes

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It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an acclaimed English novelist.  Much of her writings dealt with women’s pursuit of a more favorable social standing as well as economic security.

John Lubbock Quotes

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Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

Englishman John Lubbock (1834-1913) spent much of his life in the family banking enterprises.  However, he is well-known for his contributions to politics, science and philanthropic efforts.

Bill Russell Quotes

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My father once told me that anyone who worked for three dollars an hour owed it to himself to put in four dollars’ worth of work.

Learning is a daily experience and a lifetime mission.  I truly believe in the saying, “We work to become, not to acquire.”

Bill Russell (born 1934) is a former professional basketball player in the United States.  Before he embarked on a highly successful career in the NBA, he played on teams which won two national collegiate championships as well as an Olympic gold medal.  As a professional player, he played on 11 championship teams with the Boston Celtics.

Washington Irving Quotes

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There is sacredness in tears.  They are not a mark of weakness, but of power.

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing  more.

American Washington Irving (1783-1859) ranks as one of his country’s most renowned authors.  His amazing short stories of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleeping Hollow” remain all-time classics.  Ironically, his final resting place is at the Sleeping Hollow Cemetery in New York state.

Knowing God

From Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

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During childhood years

Hearing about God

Stories filling ears

Joining with His squad


Years moving along

Learning about God

Life fills with His song

Accepting His rod


Adulthood arrives

Discovering God

His message now thrives

Walking on fresh sod


Maturity comes

Truly knowing God

Steady, beating drum

Crashing sin’s facade


Divine hands rebuild

Spirit calling out

Righteousness refilled

Taking Heaven’s route


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From Philippians 3:15-16:  “Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you.  Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.”