Teacher (for Ms. Gavin)

09 Jul

in 5th grade you opened up
a whole new world to me
a world of poetry
a world of reading and writing
of creating
a life-long love affair
that can never be broken
a world I’ve come to know
in more ways than I can count
a world of vibrant anthologies
and communal spaces
a world of greatness
of Phyllis Wheatley and Edgar Allen Poe
of Sonia Sanchez and Langston Hughes
of Emily Dickinson and Pablo Neruda
of Bassey Ikpi and Saul Williams
a world where flying
is the norm
where stories
take many forms
where truth is painted
in the seams
of dark blue jeans
and where secrets
are tucked away neatly
behind the ears
a world of refuge
for the lost and broken
a world of nourishment
for the hungry and thirsty
a world of ecstasy
for the lovers and free-spirited
a world of abundance
for the wordsmiths and hopefuls
a world for the writers
and those who read
a world for the living
and the dead
a world for the histories and herstories
of our freedom fighters
a world of many seasons
moons and stars
a world of haikus
and sonnets
of metaphors and similes
of abstractness and simplicity
a world where written word
and spoken word collide
where sweet tempos and melodies
are laced with the black gold
of the past, the present and the future
a world of mangoes and plantains
of drumming and dancing
a world of many tongues
where Kreyòl, Yoruba, Wolof,
English, Spanish, French
are claimed and re-defined
illuminating the pages they stand on
and stirring the hearts and minds
of those they encounter
a world that has given me life
when I needed it most
a world I’ve come to know
as home.

by Nadia Alexis


Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Poetry


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6 responses to “Teacher (for Ms. Gavin)

  1. Rigel Ordinario

    July 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    A wonderful poem and very inspirational. I hope to one day touch a student’s life with poetry the same way Ms. Gavin did for you. 🙂

  2. Nadia Alexis

    July 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you so much! I’m sure you will if you haven’t already! I wish I could give this to my former teacher directly but don’t have her contact information :-(.

    Thank also to everyone else who is showing love on this poem! Much appreciated 🙂

  3. coarseheart

    July 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    This is beautiful. I love it.

  4. Karina Acevedo

    July 10, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Love it very original and well worded. I remember Ms Gavin, also opened me to writing. You have got it though

  5. Nadia Alexis

    July 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you @coarseheart. I appreciate that. And Karina…ah you remember Ms. Gavin, nice lol. I appreciate the love. Glad to know that she introduced you to writing as well 🙂

  6. arrogantlover.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    it was a very nice poem it is very inspiring. i wish it could really reach other people. it articulates a strong black woman


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