for them – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 
- Martin Luther King Jr

I teach them.

I teach them about the magic eraser of fresh starts
far more valuable than double digit multiplication
or how to identify an adverb.

I teach them.

I teach them to listen for their own questions
ones that lift and spring forth aliveness.
The ones that come from within.

I teach them.

I teach them in the hot and cold times
heartbreak tsunami, within or without walls.
They are my living hope, my wonder.

I teach them 
and I receive
the beauty of their being.

© Ali Grimshaw 2022

Mural created by the 5th grade students of Mr. Bowen'class at Oak Creek Elementary.
I am honored to support the students and teachers of this amazing school. 
Stay strong.

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22 thoughts on “for them – Poem by Ali Grimshaw

  1. I teach them about the magic eraser of fresh starts…

    I teach them to listen for their own questions…

    I teach them
    and I receive
    the beauty of their being.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. What a tribute to your school! Please print and post it – along with that beautiful work of art.

    On Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 12:23 PM flashlight batteries – Ali Grimshaw wrote:

    > Ali Grimshaw posted: ” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can > do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin > Luther King Jr I teach them. I teach them about the magic eraser of fresh > starts far more valuable than double digit multipl” >

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