Teach Me

Teach Me

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”
–Gandhi

For wisdom and knowledge,
I hunger and yearn.
Teach me,
Let me from childhood learn.
Don’t blame the government,
And their promises never kept.
We can’t wait for them forever.
Forget the classrooms,
They are just walls.
We can learn anywhere,
For the future knocks.
There’s a feverish revolution,
A song called education.
There,men are made and dreams come true.
They say the place is called school.
But for me,anywhere will do.
Teach me under the scorching sun,
Let it dry my throat,
And sting through my patched pants.
Let me sit upon tree trunks,
And get bitten by soldier ants.
If the rain falls,
We’ll hide under the mango tree.
I will learn.
Teach me without cease,
Let my slate be full,
I’ll read,wipe and write again.
Don’t just fill my rumbling bowels.
Fill my thoughts.
Fill me with knowledge.
For daily,i hear stories,
Of men who rose from grass to great glory.
Teach me.
I want to read,
I want to write.
I want to grow,
To be rich and wise.
Teach me,
So tomorrow,my bare feet will wear a shoe,
And my rigid frame,a proper cloth.
So i can build for my village,many schools,
And even maybe for my country,better roads.

“A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”
— Henry Adams

ANDERSON 2010©



18 thoughts on “Teach Me” by Anda Damisa Lazywrita (@Anderson-paul)

  1. I wrote this in support of education for all.
    hope you guys like it.

  2. Very good poem. You know you could start your kinda awareness with it. Keep it up.

    1. Thats what i am trying to do Jay.thanks

  3. Wow paul, This is wonderful.. You really are creative with words and passionate too.. Nice one

  4. veri creative… dis is 1derful keep it up!

  5. @2cute..thanks
    @Sheenor.thanks

  6. Well done bruv, good one. Have me a couple favorite lines in there too.

  7. This is a lovely evaluation of a rural child’s hunger to be educated despite the lack of it. It also explores the value and promise of its outcome. Nice poem!

    1. thank you Afronut

  8. Wow! Anderson-paul, couldn’t stop reading till I got to the end..I was truly taught!Particularly like these lines

    “They say the place is called school.”
    “But for me,anywhere will do.”

    1. thank you very much Mercy.
      glad you like it.

  9. Emmanuella Nduonofit (@Emmanuella-Nduonofit)

    Gandhi is my man, anytime, anywhere! The way the Indians revere him then in those days affected me a lot. The doggedness of the poet persona is commendable, Mr. Anderson, and I like the way you presented this poem. We learn everyday, don’t we? We don’t stay fallen, we rise, rise and RISE!! Maybe if this piece was presented in a dramatic way, it would have more effect. Your Gandhi quotation really got me.

    1. Thanks Emmanuella.
      truly we learn everyday.

  10. This exhilarating…U got the drift here….Love the poem; education is a sure thing, but anywhere will do…It’s priceless….

    1. true treasured1,anywhere will do there means we do learn everyday and everywhere,we dont really have to be restricted to a classroom.thanks.

  11. ‘So tomorrow,my bare feet will wear a shoe,
    And my rigid frame,a proper cloth’

    This is great! I like.

    1. glad you like it Remi
      thank you.

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