I am not ashamed to admit that for this is my first time I have attempted a poem that is remotely positive. All my previous poems have a sarcastic, condescending or depressingly dark undertones; I feel that I can’t escape from that. I have become rather cynical. Maybe it’s a phase because of the amount of pressure and workload I’ve been having in school.
Anyway, here is my submission for Blogging U’s latest poetry assignment: to write an ode that includes a map and metaphor. I could have written a travel poem, since it is my favourite thing in the world, but since there are so many out there already (and so much better than what I could ever produce), I dedicated this one to my teachers instead. I actually never got to thank them enough, and I hope the message comes across positively and clearly here.
An Ode to Teachers
By A. A. Kamalov
A thousand thank-yous to teachers
For all the years you’ve enriched me
With your nurturing knowledge,
Precious life-lessons and memories.
You are like maps in an atlas –
You show me the entire world from
The limiting walls of the classroom.
Offering me the endless possibilities
Of different career-paths I could take
To continue the journey called ‘Life’.
From autobahns to little hiking-trails,
It’s up to me to choose my mode of transport,
And luggage for tomorrow’s voyage.
But beware! There are obstacles in the way.
You point out exactly what to avoid,
Like dead-end jobs, cliffs that can kill.
A map is not free from inaccuracies;
Sometimes you make mistakes and mislead,
But by nature, maps are manmade,
And to err is human, so you are forgiven.
Yet still the map is an invaluable,
Without it we wander